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.
But offensive lineman Bronson Irwin, a freshman from Mustang, should be able to build off his good showing during the spring.
"To me, it's important because he's done well and it's been a positive," Wilson said. "He's been mature enough, he's been very solid, he naturally looks good.
"He has a lot to work on but he has a chance to be in the two-deep and, whether we play him or not play him, he's definitely in the mix."
Weather doesn't bother defensive back Jonathan Nelson
While the cold, rainy conditions affected the attendance and wasn't ideal for most of the team, not everybody looked at the weather as a bad thing.
"For one, that teaches you to keep your feet up under you as a DB," senior defensive back Jonathan Nelson said. "If you slip and you make one false step, then the whole stadium sees it. For one, it teaches you to keep your feet. Two, you realize that you have to make good, sure tackles, not arm tackles because you slip right off of them with these kind of conditions."
By Ryan Aber, Jenni Carlson and Jake Trotter