NORMAN, Okla. - The defensive call comes from the sideline and sometimes it can be "like 45 words long," says Oklahoma defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland.
A verbal stream of consciousness. Fruit and insects. Word play and pop culture. The official language of football.
"But all I know is the one word that's mine," McFarland admitted.
One word, 11 players, and so far this season, it seems like everyone is in the right spot for the Oklahoma defense. No team in the country has been more impressive the past two weeks than the Sooners, and while OU has scored 104 points in wins over Texas Tech and Texas, it's really been the defense that's impressed.
Well, maybe there's something to the one-word focus McFarland has figured out because the Sooners have limited a pair of high-powered offenses. They now have put together a defense that has distanced itself from the one a season ago that was gashed repeatedly the second half of 2011.