On Feb. 26, Jerry Montgomery became the final, but arguably most important, piece of Bob Stoops' reshuffled staff at Oklahoma. Montgomery was hired away from Michigan to retool the front of a Sooners defense that allowed an average of 535 yards per game over the team's final five outings. The 12-year coaching veteran will be asked to reinvent the Big 12's ninth-ranked rushing defense while working with a unit that lost all but two members of the two-deep from the 2012 campaign.
One may disagree that Montgomery ranks as Oklahoma's most important hire but, with a $325,000 salary that leads all OU position coaches, the crimson and cream decision makers agree.
"We've got good enough guys here to be successful, but we've got to bring it every single day," Montgomery tells his players after practice. "Toughness, effort, technique - those three things we live and die by. It doesn't take talent to do any one of those three things."
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