Oklahoma will be starting over on defense in a lot of ways next season. But considering how poorly that unit played toward the end of 2012, it might not be a bad thing.
OU will go into 2013 without its record-setting quarterback, two of its best receivers and several of its best defenders off a defense that was a disaster anyway the second half of the season. The schedule will be unforgiving, as well.
Freshman middle linebacker Frank Shannon turned heads for the Sooners against Texas Tech, but Mike Stoops says Tom Wort is still the starter.
Oklahoma middle linebacker Tom Wort dealt with nagging injuries in 2011, but the Sooners need him healthy and productive if they want to have a great defense.