However, there are personnel voids to fill at every level. Isaiah Thomas, Perrion Winfrey, Nik Bonitto and Brian Asamoah top the list of losses up front, while Delarrin Turner-Yell and Patrick Fields depart the secondary. – Lassan, Athlon Sports
The Oklahoma Sooners lost a lot of pieces from their defense. That can’t be denied. However, they’ve got quite a few players with promise that were turning heads last year and will be in line for an increased role.
Marcus Stripling, Reggies Grimes, and Ethan Downs will be counted on to replace Bonitto and Thomas. If the spring game is any indication, then the Sooners won’t simply be fine, they’ll be great off the edge in 2022.
Jalen Redmond and Jeffery Johnson are a really nice defensive tackle duo. It might be the most underrated position group on the roster right now. Throw in Jonah Laulu who will flex inside along with Isaiah Coe and Jordan Kelley who both flashed in 2021, and the defensive line is going to be really good.
Though the secondary lost Turner-Yell and Fields, they’ve got a guy in Key Lawrence who had some big moments for Oklahoma last year. Billy Bowman may be counted on to start at safety after an up and down 2021 season (his true freshman year), but the Sooners still have Woodi Washington, D.J. Graham, Jaden Davis, and Justin Broiles to play key roles in the secondary.
The defense will be improved.