Oklahoma’s answer to its lack of depth at linebacker could be sophomore Caleb Kelly.
Oklahoma defense coordinator Mike Stoops met with reporters on Tuesday. He was asked about the Sooners’ thinning depth at linebacker following the announcement of Curtis Bolton’s year ending due to ankle surgery.
In a video courtesy of Tulsa World reporter Eric Bailey, Stoops said Kelly’s versatility makes him an option for Oklahoma if the unit’s depth takes another hit and is apparently working in practice to be ready to be moved around the field.
“It hurts our depth obviously,” Stoops said of Bolton’s injury. “We just keep working with the guys we got. Caleb [Kelly] becomes more interchangeable on smaller sets if we lose another one. … we’ve been training Caleb at a couple of positions, so he has enough versatility to moved around.”
— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) October 3, 2017
The Sooners will lean on Emmanuel Beal, Ricky DeBerry, Kenneth Merry and Jon-Michael Terry to make it work with Bolton and freshman linebacker Levi Draper out for the season. Bryan Mead is also being looked at, according to Stoops.
Kelly is more of a pass rusher, but it appears that could change if Oklahoma gets anymore bad news at linebacker.
Oklahoma will return plenty of defensive contributors against Iowa State on Saturday, including safety Will Johnson, Robert Barnes and defensive end Amani Bledsoe. Defensive tackle Matt Romar remains a game-time decision for the noon ET clash between the Sooners and Cyclones.
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