Against TCU, Oklahoma DT Du’Vonta Lampkin showed the college football world just how dominant he can be.
Lately, the outside narrative for the Oklahoma Sooners has been that they’re all offense and no defense. In a matter of one week, that narrative is starting to shift after a strong showing from the defense against TCU on Saturday night. They say great defense starts up front. Well, if that’s the case, redshirt sophomore Du’Vonta Lampkin is a guy who takes up virtually the whole front all by himself. Yet even at 6’4” and 335 pounds, it’s his talent that really stands out on the field.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Houston native’s size is certainly nothing to be overlooked. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger defensive lineman in the conference. With his immense stature comes a natural, raw power. During fall camp, defensive tackle coach Ruffin McNeill said Lampkin is “one of the most powerful individuals I’ve ever coached in my 37 years of coaching.” That’s quite substantial praise, and after watching him play, I don’t believe it’s an exaggeration.