April 25, 2012

HD: Ndulue expected to contribute in 2012

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While the Oklahoma defensive secondary under went minor renovations this past spring with the return of defensive coordinator/ secondary coach Mike Stoops one group on the defensive side of the ball that remained a constant was the defensive end unit.

Which is saying a lot.

In 2012 defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright will look to replace two starters in Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis both of whom are expected to be drafted this weekend in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Both of whom totaled for 32 tackles for loss and ranked No.1-2 in sacks a season ago.

Leading that charge alongside the likes of R.J. Washington, David King and JUCO signee Chaz Nelson will be sophomore Chuka Ndulue.

"I've gotten a lot better but I'm not where I need to be right now according to coach (Wright) so if I stay on it and I still need to improve but I've gotten a lot better since my freshmen season," said Ndulue.

"The first time I was out there I remember it was against Ball State and just everybody was screaming and I was like, 'wow please don't mess up just don't do anything stupid out there'."

"But now as we kept going out there and kept going along and everything I just started getting comfortable with the situation and I just enjoy playing out there and just love playing football which is what I love to do."

After seeing action in seven games a season ago the Dallas (Texas) Jesuit product is expected to make- yet another- jump in improvement come Fall.

"He's done a great job of making the transition to getting into American football and going through the high school system in the state of Texas and then obviously being recruited here and playing in our system there's been a learning curve for him no question about that just from a football standpoint and he continues to go through that," admits Wright.

"After two years of being here he's finally to the point of really exploding out there and becoming a really good football player for us. He's strong, he's explosive, he's got good speed and he loves to play. He has fun with it and he is a great practice player who loves to practice and he loves to play the game. He's a guy that you're really pulling for all the time because you want it for him."

However, with the increased expectations come a Bobby Jack Wright trademarked coaching technique that most defensive ends under his tutelage have received.

"He's harder on me now than he was a year ago right now because he sees that I'm starting to understand what's going on. He's putting the pressure on me to get better as a player and just fill out the role out there."

Ndulue recorded a solo tackle in the Sooners annual Red-White spring game.

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