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Defensive Players to Watch: Iowa State @ Oklahoma

Big test for Heacock and the secondary.

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Iowa State: Defensive Backs

This weekend, Oklahoma’s strong passing offense will face off against Iowa State’s formidable passing defense. Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel-led passing attack, averaging 349 yards per game, faces its toughest test against Iowa State’s defense, which allows only 177 passing yards per game.

Iowa State’s secondary has already proven themselves against some talented quarterbacks this season with 18 pass deflections and five interceptions. They have also been strong in tackling, recording 142 out of the team’s total of 249 tackles, including two sacks.

However, the secondary will face a significant challenge as Oklahoma has a wealth of talented receivers. With Darien Porter and Malik Verdon currently out with injuries, the secondary rotation may include Trevon Howard, Ta’Shawn James, Jamison Patton, and Jontez Williams. Patience and discipline will be key for Iowa State’s defense in this matchup.

Oklahoma: Danny Stutsman

In another style of the 3-3-5 Stack defense, Mike Linebacker Danny Stutsman has been a key player for the Sooners. He has made 43 total tackles (team-high by over double), two sacks (team-high), a fumble recovery, and a pick-six this season. Danny’s interception against Tulsa this season was a result of a poorly-timed slant route, and Rocco tends to throw interceptions on poorly-timed throws (or receivers just slipping). Danny’s versatility could potentially capitalize on this with Iowa State struggling to run the ball against weaker defenses.