Former Georgia Defensive Back Offers Keys To Beating Oklahoma

Former Georgia Defensive Back Offers Keys To Beating Oklahoma

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Former Georgia Defensive Back Offers Keys To Beating Oklahoma

Only one team this season has been able to beat the Oklahoma Sooners.

On October 7 in Norman, Oklahoma, the then 2-2 Iowa State Cyclones shocked the No. 3 ranked Sooners, 38-31. The Cyclones were led on defense by former Georgia defensive back Reggie Wilkerson, who came to Iowa State as a graduate transfer.

Wilkerson, an Ocala, Florida native, played three years in Athens. He successfully recovered from an ACL injury and earned a degree in human development. On that October day in Norman, Wilkerson had his best day as a collegian. He led the Cyclones with 13 tackles in the game and finished the season with 76 tackles (4th best on the team) and an interception.

Wilkerson offered his insights as to how Georgia can slow down Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense to several of his Georgia teammates.

“I passed my knowledge to a lot of the guys – Reggie Carter, Aaron Davis, Malkom Parrish – just to let them know what to expect and how to prevent big plays from happening,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson stated, “The key points were to win first and second downs, win situational football and don’t give up one on one’s.” He added, “Keep Baker in the pocket.”

With the Cylones down 24-10 at halftime, Iowa State stiffened and held the Sooners to one score. Mayfield was 24 of 33 for 306 yards with two touchdown passes, but none in the second half.

“We just had to calm down and not get complacent with what was happening. We put a little more pressure on him to force bad throws and stayed on top of the wide receivers,” Wilkerson said.

He continued, “Make them one dimensional and it will be a long day for the Sooners. All five of their offensive line are NFL ready players. Gotta win the one on one’s across the field.”

Wilkerson is currently seeking his Master’s degree in youth development.

“I have really enjoyed my season here at ISU –definitely one to remember,” he said. He ended the interview with a “Go Clones, Go Dawgs!”

Reggie Wilkerson ended his Iowa State career in the same venue where he played his last game for the Georgia Bulldogs — in the Liberty Bowl with a 21-20 over Memphis. Wilkerson had the game-winning pass break-up.

Best of luck to the Cyclones and a Damn Good Dawg!

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