Coach: Chaz Nelson will contribute in 2012

It’s going to take a while before junior college transfer Chaz Nelson gets comfortable with the speed of the game at the Big 12 level.

Nevertheless, Oklahoma defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright expects Nelson to be able to help the Sooners immediately.

“He’s a good addition, he’s going to be a good, solid player for us,” Wright said. “He’s got a learning curve he’s having to deal with as well [but] he brings some toughness and he really is a smart guy.”

Nelson’s ability to pick up the system quickly has helped convince Wright, and his teammates, that the 6-foot-3, 240 pound junior can earn some playing time in the Sooners defensive end rotation.

“He makes very few mental mistakes,” Wright said. “He seems to always have a good understanding of what we’re asking.

“I really like where he’s at.”