Oklahoma football: Offensive linemen see improvement

by Jason Kersey Published: September 11, 2012

Oklahoma junior guard Bronson Irwin said he thinks the Sooners' offensive line, which was ravaged by injuries in the preseason, made big improvements from the first game at UTEP to last week's home win over Florida A&M.

“Obviously there are things we have to improve on,” Irwin said. “The first game, there were a few ID issues, and the last game was a lot better.

“Some technique things we have to clean up this week. Lucky for us, we have an extra week to work on it this time around.”

The Sooners are off this week, but looming on Saturday, Sept. 22, is the Big 12 opener against No. 15 Kansas State. The Wildcats were impressive in their 52-13 rout of Miami last weekend.

The OU offensive line lost senior center Ben Habern and senior guard Tyler Evans to injuries before the season started; Habern decided to end his football career because of lingering neck and back issues, and Evans tore an ACL early in fall camp. They had 59 career starts between them.

OU's rushing attack has gained 554 yards this season, averaging nearly 8 yards per carry, but quarterbacks Landry Jones and Blake Bell have been sacked six times in OU's two games.

Asked if he was satisfied with the offensive line's performance so far, sophomore guard Adam Shead said he isn't.

“Satisfied? No, you can never be satisfied,” Shead said. “There are still a lot of things we can fix. That's really what we're working on is the little small things. It's nothing big, it's just small details. That's what we've got to work on.”

ONUOHA WORKING TO GAIN WEIGHT

True freshman defensive end Michael Onuoha, who has put on about 30 pounds since the beginning of his last high school season, said he still hasn't reached his target weight, but is getting close.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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