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OU football: Lincoln Riley sees Zion Williamson as defensive end

NORMAN — Lincoln Riley didn't have to run his mind through the depth chart to figure out where Duke sensation Zion Williamson would line up for the Sooners. 

"I'd put him at defensive end and say, 'Good luck,'" the Oklahoma coach said after practice Wednesday. "Good luck throwing the ball. Just let him come in there like a freight train every single play. He's one of those transcendent guys, man. He's fun to watch. Honestly, if they would've made it to the Final Four, I probably would've went up there to watch them play (Texas) Tech, just to be able to see him play. But I'll probably get the chance to watch him next year in Oklahoma City." 

Texas Tech, Riley's alma mater, will face Michigan State instead of Duke on Saturday night in Minneapolis. 

The Red Raiders are making their Final Four debut. 

"Certainly would have rather seen the Sooners there, but it's exciting for the community and that school," Riley said. "Coach Beard's done a really nice job there, so I'll definitely be rooting for them this weekend without a doubt." 

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FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, Duke's Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, in Charlotte, N.C. Williamson was selected to The Associated Press All-America first team, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, Duke's Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, in Charlotte, N.C. Williamson was selected to The Associated Press All-America...

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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