The Oklahoma Sooners are reportedly set to lose a veteran piece of their defense for the upcoming season.
Senior linebacker David Ugwoegbu is entering the transfer portal, according to a report from On3’s Matt Zenitz.
Ugwoegbu started all 13 games for the Sooners this past season, finishing second on the team with 110 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He ranked fourth in the Big 12 in tackles per game, and finished the season as an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection by the league’s coaches.
Ugwoegbu was a staple on this defense in recent seasons, playing in 50 career games (including 37 in a row), with 20 starts under his belt.
Oklahoma had lost 12 players to the transfer portal this season, but Ugwoegbu is just the second member of the starting lineup to transfer, joining wide receiver Theo Wease. With Ugwoegbu leaving, it does clear a path for highly-touted rising sophomore Jaren Kanak to take over his spot at linebacker. Kanek is a former four-star prospect in the Class of 2022 who was a Top-200 player in the country and No. 1 player in Kansas, according to 247Sports.
With Ugwoegbu’s departure, Danny Stutsman and Kanak are likely to lead the way as Oklahoma’s starting linebackers next season, with Indiana transfer Dasan McCullough likely to take over the cheetah position for Brent Venables’ defense.