OU is finding leaders in the trenches, including one that just arrived to Norman in January.

OU defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux said senior LaRon Stokes has been a “quiet leader” and a reliable presence through fall camp. Stokes started 10 games last season for the Sooners, picking up 15 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.

The other leader in the unit is newcomer Perrion Winfrey.

Winfrey, who was the 2020 class’ No. 1-rated junior college prospect by 247Sports.com and ESPN, enrolled at OU during the spring via Iowa Western Community College. He chose the Sooners over offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU and Texas.

“Perrion is an alpha dog,” Thibodeaux said. “Between those two, being an alpha in Perrion and LaRon just knowing what’s expected and how to get things done, I think they’ve done a pretty good job of just holding the group accountable.”

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