Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker loves the big stage. He also likes talking a lot of smack before entering said stage.
Striker, a senior and three-year starter, was asked on Thursday about No. 19 Oklahoma’s upcoming road match against No. 23 Tennessee. More specifically, he was asked about the Vols’ running game, led by Jalen Hurd.
Thanks to this gem from Guerin Emig of TulsaWorld.com, we know Striker’s thoughts on Hurd and the Vols’ rushing attack:
“I’m aware of Hurd,” Striker said. “I mean, he’s a running back. Just like every running back, he gets tackled. He gets hit, you know what I mean? I don’t think nothin’ special about him.”
Hurd, a sophomore, played a huge role in Tennessee’s season-opening win over Bowling Green, rushing for 123 yards and three touchdowns. His teammate, Alvin Kamara — a sophomore from Norcross — rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
The Sooners don’t seem to think there’s anything special about the Vols.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops doesn’t see anything special about playing at Neyland, so maybe Stoops’ sentiments are trickling down to his players, who share his attitude.
It sure sounds that way.