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2015 Oklahoma Sooners Countdown To Kickoff | 42 Days

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In 2006, the year that started Oklahoma's three consecutive Big 12 championships, Oklahoma's defense was outstanding. The defense was led by no. 42 Rufus Alexander, who was first team All-American that season. Alexander also won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award that season.

The most feared linebacker in the Big 12 recorded 118 tackles, four forced fumbles and recovered two to go with one interception. He started every game in 2005 and 2006 and led the team in tackles both years as well. At the time, he was the first Sooner to do so since Rocky Calmus did it three seasons in a row from 1999 to 2001.

42 days until the Sooners kick off against Akron, where linebacker Eric Striker looks to replicate Alexander's senior season.