Ndamukong Suh, Jared Crick will be a test for Oklahoma's offensive line

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, dubben@opubco.com Modified: November 7, 2009 at 9:21 am •  Published: November 7, 2009

NORMAN—Ben Habern knows how this game works, and he's fine with it. The running backs and receivers get the attention, and the quarterback gets the credit. This is what he signed up for.

Sunday silence is an offensive lineman's glory. Don't hold anybody, or, perhaps more accurately, don't get caught holding anybody. Don't move before the snap. Oklahoma's center does his job and knows his coaches might be the only ones who notice.

Lined up across from one of the most dominant defensive lines in college football against Nebraska on Saturday, he'll have more than just offensive line coach James Patton watching him and his fellow linemen.

"It'll be cool getting a little attention," Habern said. "Definitely encouraging."

The reason for the sudden attention? Ndamukong Suh, who spent the first part of his season showing the college football world why it should know his name, and the next part explaining how to pronounce it. (It's en-DAHM-uh-ken Soo.) He may have even bullrushed his way onto at least a few Heisman ballots come December.

But he's not the only reason. Suh has drawn predictable double teams, and though he still leads his team in tackles, his fellow defensive tackle Jared Crick proved last week he can be almost as difficult to keep out of the backfield.


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