Mike Stoops: Defense getting back to basics

One of the main concerns for new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has been putting his players in the right position to succeed during his first spring back at Oklahoma.

“Sometimes players are asked to do things they can’t do,” Stoops said. “Part of our responsibility is to get our players in position to do things they can do well. And that’s what we are trying to do.”

Mental mistakes and coverage busts were a bit too common in 2011 so Stoops wants to make sure that his defensive players, above all, understand their role in the defense.

“It’s nice to be able to recruit players who can do certain things other players can’t because they’re big and they’re fast,” Stoops said. “But you still have to teach fundamentals, technique and responsibilities within your defense.

“No matter how good [of a player] you are, you still have to be somewhere in a defense all the time.”