OU's defense is out to make a statement, according to two-year starter Zack Sanchez.
Who wants to get the Sooner's back to the days of dominance, but offenses aren't so easy to stop now.
He compares defense today to facing off with a Kevin Durant-type player.
"Like in the NBA with those elite players, you just have to slow them down," Sanchez said. "I don't think you can really stop anybody. If you can manage people and slow them down, and get them off their rhythm you'll definitely win today, especially on Saturdays."
"If you look at the past defenses Oklahoma is kind of known for that," Jordan Evans, OU junior linebacker, said. "And obviously my dad played here. He always talks about how cold their defense was. We're just trying to get back to that. Where every time you step on the field you know OU's defense is coming to play, you know it's going to be a battle and you know it's not going to be easy."
A marquee match up at Tennessee, at a stadium that holds over 100,000 fans, awaits OU's defense in week two.
So, they won't have much time to get all these new adjustments and changes into place.
According to Mike Stoops, all their success rests on the shoulder's of two players.
"We feel good about where we're at," Mike Stoops, OU defensive coordinator, said. "We feel the experience. Steven Parker will be a much different player. Jordan Thomas will be a much different player. If those two players can keep climbing like they have, and our other safeties come on we feel like we'll have a great secondary."
"Yea, there's a lot of pressure," Jordan Thomas, OU sophomore cornerback, said. "I'm sure you know, Zack Sanchez has been here three years and has had a great career. Obviously you'll see in the season they'll pick on me because Zack's already to prove himself. I've started the last couple games and I didn't do anything spectacular. I was just holding my own essentially. This year is when I have to make my mark, and hopefully they don't come at me too much."