Off-season questions continue to find answers as earlier on Friday, Oklahoma Sooners' defensive end Charles Tapper announced he would be returning for his senior season. After earning first-team conference honors as a sophomore, Tapper saw his production on the field slip.
Over the course of 2014, the defensive end racked up 36 tackles to go alongside 3 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. Now, he joins Eric Striker who also decided to return for one last season to pursue the elusive eighth National Championship.
Thanks you Sooner nation for these great years! I'm sorry this one did not end like we wanted.Some people have been wondering if I will stay— Charles Tapper (@Takeflightchuck) January 2, 2015
Or go. But after a hard thought out decision I will be back in Norman, Oklahoma for my senior year to win a national championship!— Charles Tapper (@Takeflightchuck) January 2, 2015
Receiving the news, the coaching staff can breathe a small sigh of relief. Knowing Chuka Ndulue will graduate and Jordan Phillips has decided to enter the NFL Draft, much of the defensive line leadership responsibilities fall on Tapper. With a motor that never quits and three years of experience, Tapper should be able to shoulder what the team asks of him.