OU football spring game: Good news for the offensive line

From The Oklahoman Staff Reports Modified: April 18, 2010 at 9:56 am •  Published: April 18, 2010

NORMAN — It was enough to make University of Oklahoma football fans think "here we go again."

Most of the worst moments of the 2009 season involved the offensive line, so it figures the scariest moment of the spring game did too. Guard Stephen Good had to be carted off the field with an ankle injury. But coach Bob Stoops said afterward that Good suffered a sprained ankle and should be fine in a couple weeks.

Good was the only player injured during the game. Running back Jermie Calhoun, who's been banged up the last couple of weeks, dressed out but didn't play. With only Monday's spring practice remaining, the Sooners have been dealt only one fairly serious injury during the spring: an ACL strain to offensive tackle Eric Mensik. That injury didn't require surgery, and Mensik is expected to be back with the team sometime in the summer.

Center Ben Habern comes back strong

Early last week, center Ben Habern, returning from a broken fibula, was doubtful for the spring game. But trainers told the coaching staff midway through the week that Habern was good to go, and Habern played most of the spring game with a strong performance for the White team.

"He's a talented guy," said Red defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland, who went up against Habern for most of the day. "We're glad to have him back."

Spring helped Mustang freshman Bronson Irwin

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said its not always beneficial for freshmen to come in during the spring. "Sometimes as a young guy it can be overwhelming and hard and feel like you're climbing Mount Everest," Wilson said.