100 Days to Football Time in Oklahoma: #33 Marcus Stripling

Player Profile

Position: Defensive Lineman

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 241

Class: Senior

Seasons at OU: 3

Hometown: Houston, TX

The Path to Norman

Marcus Stripling was part of a very deep 2019 defensive line class. Playing high school ball in Houston, Stripling announced his commitment to the Sooners live at an announcement ceremony.

The lineman had offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and many others.

Career so Far

Stripling had a big freshman year, playing in all 14 games for the Sooners. With a host of veterans on the line, Marcus provided depth in 2019.

In 2020, Stripling once again played at defensive end. He played in most of the season’s games and certainly improved throughout the season.

Stripling continued his trend in 2021; he played in 11 games in a reserve role on a defensive line that hosted a lot of veterans.


Years: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | Career

Games Played: 11 | 10 | 14 | 35

Tackles: 6 | 8 | 6 | 20

TFL: 2.5 | 3.5 | 1 | 7

Sacks: 1 | 2.5 | 1 | 4.5

PBU: 1 | 0 | 0 | 1

Stats via Soonersports.com



This Season

Stripling has been working with the defensive ends over the off-season. Reggie Grimes and Ethan downs are expected to start at the two outside spots on the defensive line, with Jonah Laulu and Stripling right behind them. Stripling has two more seasons remaining in Norman (assuming he chooses to take advantage of the 2020 season waiver), but both Downs and Grimes will be back in Norman in 2023 as well. He will have to battle hard this year to earn his snaps and make his presence felt as he wraps up his career as a Sooner.