That improvement will get a much bigger test Saturday when the Sooners travel to Texas Tech (7 p.m., ABC).
In late July, when he announced that blood clots would end Redmond’s freshman season before it even began, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley didn’t completely rule out Redmond’s return at the end of the season, but hope wasn’t exactly high.
“We’re absolutely going to be cautious with him,” Riley said then.
But Redmond did even better than that. He was cleared in early October and made it back on the field in time for the Sooners’ win over TCU on Oct. 20.
“He got to play some snaps last week, but he got to play this week,” Riley said after Saturday’s win over Kansas State. “He did some really good things. He’ll learn from it. There will be some mistakes. But you could tell this wasn’t his first one. He got to settle in and he’ll continue to get better and better.”
Perkins saw quite a bit of playing time early in the season, but he wasn’t a major part of what the Sooners were doing up front defensively.
But in the last two weeks, the two freshmen have played bigger roles on the defense, with Perkins moving into the starting lineup at defensive end and Redmond working more into the regular rotation.
Redmond had five tackles against the Wildcats, 2.5 for loss. Perkins had just one tackle but still made a difference in the run game especially.