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OU football: Looking at Sooners' depth at defensive line for 2020

OU will have plenty of turnover on the defensive line in 2020, with Neville Gallimore, Marquise Overton and Kenneth Mann gone and a pair of highly touted junior college defensive tackles coming in.

The Oklahoman’s series of position-by-position looks at the Sooners continues with a look at Oklahoma’s defensive line in 2020:

Season rewind: Neville Gallimore was a star, not only making playing for himself but freeing up Kenneth Murray behind him to put up big numbers. Gallimore had 30 tackles — 7.5 for loss — and four sacks. Ronnie Perkins became the Sooners’ top pass rusher and Jalen Redmond became more and more disruptive as the season went along. The injuries to Kenneth Mann and Jordan Kelley depleted some depth and Perkins’ suspension for the Peach Bowl didn’t help OU’s chances there.

Who’s out: Dillon Faamatau, Neville Gallimore, Kenneth Mann, Marquise Overton

Who’s in: Noah Arinze, Fr.; Joshua Ellison, So.; Reggie Grimes, Fr.*; Perrion Winfrey, Jr.;

*-Grimes is committed to the Sooners but not yet signed

The take: The Sooners are going to rely heavily on a pair of junior college interior linemen — Perrion Winfrey and Joshua Ellison — contributing immediately. While both Winfrey and Ellison are highly thought of, OU’s track record with junior college defensive linemen hasn’t been spectacular recently. But the Sooners need one or both to produce significantly if the defense is to take a step forward. OU could be without Ronnie Perkins for the first five games of the season, which figures to lead to more playing time for Jalen Redmond and LaRon Stokes together on the field and potentially for Marcus Stripling and/or Isaiah Thomas.

PROJECTED DEPTH CHART

Defensive end

Ronnie Perkins;;Jr.;;6-3;;251

Marcus Stripling;;So.;;6-3;;247

Isaiah Thomas;;RJr.;;6-5;;250

Nose guard

Perrion Winfrey;;Jr.;;6-4;;306

Jordan Kelley;;RSo.;;6-3;;303

Joshua Ellison;;So.;;6-3;;295

Defensive tackle

Jalen Redmond;;RSo.;;6-3;;266

LaRon Stokes;;Sr.;;6-4;;269

Ryan Aber, Staff writer

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<strong>Ronnie Perkins (7) celebrates during OU's 30-23 win against Baylor in the Big 12 title game Dec. 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Ronnie Perkins (7) celebrates during OU's 30-23 win against Baylor in the Big 12 title game Dec. 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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