Linebacker coach Brent Venables breaks down his group heading into spring practice. Sophomore Curtis…
Spring Position Previews: Defensive Ends
In college football, strength one year can automatically become a weakness or question mark the following year through graduation, injury or early departure for the NFL. This spring, the defensive ends fall into the question mark category after quite possibly being the strongest and deepest position on the field in 2006. The Sooners fielded three players they considered starters in seniors Larry Birdine, C.J. Ah You and Calvin Thibodeaux. Juniors Alonzo Dotson and John Williams also saw considerable playing time in 2006, and all five players played well throughout the year. In Birdine, the Sooners lose a player who started 14 games during his career, but who played and contributed in 41 games. With Ah You, OU loses a player who started from the first day he was on campus and played a big role on passing downs as well. Thibodeaux led the Sooners in sacks with 10 his junior season — the fifth-best mark in Sooner history —and finished with 18 starts and played a major role in 4...
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