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I don't like to bad mouth any players but is he not playing like we thought he would as a stud in High School ? On several plays he runs out of the way to not get hit. I watched one of their TD along the sidelines and he made NO effort to knock them out of bounds.
Well, a nice thing would be to say he needs a lot of work... but OU does not have anyone else better.
I'm hell when I'm well.. And, I am never sick!
We must not cause gets beat in coverage and misses tackles or just completely blows his assignment in every game! I really hope the kid improves he's an Okie, but he really has done nothing to earn his spot on the field to this point. To quick to judge him though I had written off Clay and he's turned out to be a very solid player for OU.
"With Nebraska trying to leave, we felt like we needed to send them out with a loss, and we did." -Ryan Broyles-
I've seen the EXACT same thing for two years! HOPE he does IMPROVE for next year!
In rewatching the OSU game yesterday I noticed that Kazz Everett was in the game, in the fourth quarter I believe. That surprised me since I hadn't thought he had gotten any action this year except late in blowout wins. Did anyone else notice his presence on the field on Saturday?
Yes, I first noticed him right after Wilson left with an injury.
I believe it was Keenan Clayton who was going to be a savior at safety and missed a crucial saving tackle in his first game. When he didn't immediately improve at that he was moved from safety to a hybrid position nearer the line and finally to SLB. He became a good player when he started from right in the middle of the fight and didn't have to tackle in wide open lonely space - except insofar as blitzing entailed it.
Lynn is 6-0/199. Clayton as a JR was a 6-2/220 LB and as a SR 6-2/221 (he began as a 210 safety). I don't know exactly where you play a guy who can't tackle. Early this year Lynn was playing much better than last year. I know because after my initial gasp for air when I saw #9 on the field (the same number Clayton had as a freshman) I was able to let it out without cursing.
Since u guys are throwing Gabe Lynn under the bus. Can someone please explain to me how #21 Tom Wart continues to start and play more than any other linebacker . He always misses tackle , can't get off block or cover .
This post was edited by curtdogg 17 months ago
Agree. He really showed improvement early in the year.
I'm amazed that guys have trouble with fundamentals when they get to the D1 level but I see it all the time. Blocking, tackling, etc. -drives me nuts! With Mike as the DB coach-hopefully these guys will improve in the spring. I think he really helped Javon Harris as he was a much better player this year than last. How many times did we watch #30 chasing a receiver from behind last year? Some guys it just takes a little longer. Hope Gabe puts in the effort and improves next season-we'll need him!
Part of the problem here is that Wort is so fast he gets to tackle sites other LBs would never reach. And because of his speed, his reach exceeds his grasp.If he were slower, he wouldn't miss so many tackles.
But I take your point; he's been hot and cold, no master of the field. He was acclaimed for being explosive, but that doesn't free you from the offensive line when you've tangled up on a blitz or a false gap fit. Nor does it help his coverage, but his speed should.
In a program with seniors waiting in line to start at every position, these guys would be ready when their turn came. But as long as I can remember OU has replaced SRs with SO hopefuls. Even under Switzer and Wilkinson, recruiting wasn't smooth year to year. There were uneven periods except when Bud was unbeatable and master of his future.
This post was edited by cullison 17 months ago
We'll have to agree to disagree. Tom Wort has not panned out, plain and simple....and no, it's not because he's too fast - SMH
I don't think I've ever seen Wort drive a ball carrier back who was moving forward. He's a liability in goal line situations and short down/distances because of this. He cannot tackle on the perimeter either because he doesn't breakdown and square up with the runner. Now, this may be a fundamental problem with all our second level guys because I see everyone of our DB's diving for ankles instead of breaking down and driving through the runner.
Tom lacks the big lower half needed to be an effective run stopper.
That's tragic, almost not believable!!!
Say what you mean, mean what you say!!!
It is a matter of "want to". On the play referenced earlier in this thread against OSU near the endzone, he clearly slows up and dodges any and all contact instead of blowing up the runner and stopping him short of the goal line.
This post was edited by TicketTaker 17 months ago
That is the play I'm talking about. It's very frustrating to see an OU defender slow up to avoid contact. We really need a Boz or Roy to set the tone. The offense has to score almost on every possession to win.
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