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CBS Sports Lists OU LB David Ugwoegbu as 2021 Breakout Player

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Spring football practice is continuing around the Big 12 Conference and in Norman, Oklahoma, there is a ton of hype, as there has been for years now.

But the defense continues to try and prove it can keep up with the high-powered offense that has been the brand under Lincoln Riley. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is a rising star in his own right and was tied to a couple of job openings this past offseason after the OU defense made big strides last fall.

Well according to CBS Sports, linebacker David Ugwoegbu will be one of the breakout stars in college football this fall.


Chip Patterson picked Ugwoegbu and wrote, “While plenty of the storylines around Oklahoma’s defensive improvement will tie back to Alex Grinch, I think our attention will turn to the players on the field executing at a championship level in 2021. It was with Grinch’s guidance that Ugwoegbu moved from an edge-rushing position to linebacker, and it’s there in the middle of the field that the 6-foot-4, 251-pound junior will have a chance to be a breakout star. He doesn’t miss tackles in space and has great length to be disruptive at the second level. After only three starts in 2020, there’s plenty of runway for him to become a household name. “

Last season, Ugwoegbu finished his sophomore campaign with 29 tackles, one sack and one interception. His one sack came in the team’s four-overtime win against Oklahoma and his interception was vs. Oklahoma State.

The other players listed were Texas A&M RB Devon Achane and North Carolina WR Khafre Brown.

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