Newly hired defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, defensive line and tight ends/special teams coach Jay Boulware met with reporters Wednesday for the first time since joining the Oklahoma staff.
Here on some highlights from each coach’s interview session:
• Montgomery’s initial impression of OU’s current defensive linemen: “They’re definitely good-looking kids. I’m excited to work with them. We’ll move some things around a little bit, but I like what I have to work with and look forward to starting spring ball Saturday.”
• How does Montgomery plan to get SEC-quality defensive linemen to come to OU: “It’s about building relationships. Most of those kids are in the South and want to stay close to home. We’re not too far away. So it’s about getting into those schools and building relationships in those recruiting areas. Getting the kids on campus more than once. That’s something we’ve got to continue to build on, getting the kids on campus and showing them what we have to offer at this great place, the tradition and the history of the defensive linemen we’ve had come through here. It’s unreal. We’ve gotta show them those things. Heck, when your numbers are so low, playing time is going to be early. Which is always a huge selling point.”
• How will Montgomery sell going against spread offenses to defensive linemen: “One thing kids like to hear is getting after the quarterback. They like to throw the ball around a little in this league. They’re also running the ball well. You’ve got to have guys that can do both. You’ve got to have guys that are really good against the run, you’ve got to have guys that can come in on third down and get after the quarterback. Just selling them on the opportunity to play early and the opportunity to play against high-powered offenses is a good selling point.”