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Oklahoma football notebook: Gabe Ikard will likely miss spring

Senior center Gabe Ikard said after practice Monday that he's participating in individual drills, but can't do much else because of his broken hand.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 25, 2013

Senior center Gabe Ikard said after practice Monday that he's participating in individual drills, but can't do much else because of his broken hand.

“It's definitely not an off time or anything like that for me,” Ikard said. “I don't like missing practice with my teammates, but I'm doing what I can do right now to get healthy.”

Ikard injured his hand during the Sooners' first spring practice Sunday, March 10. A source close to Ikard said Monday that he'll probably be held out of team drills for the remainder of spring practices.

Ikard, who has started 37 career games on the offensive line, played high school football at Bishop McGuinness, and originally signed with OU as a tight end.

He started 12 games at left guard as a redshirt freshman, and started all 13 games his sophomore season, splitting time between guard and center.

Just before the beginning of last season, center Ben Habern chose to end his career because of lingering neck and back issues, causing Ikard to move full-time to the position.

He missed the Sooners' Nov. 10 home win over Baylor with a concussion. Ty Darlington started the game in Ikard's place and played well.

Then, in both the regular-season finale at TCU and in the Cotton Bowl, Ikard shifted to guard while Adam Shead fought through nagging injuries, and Darlington saw significant playing time.

Darlington and senior Austin Woods — the team's long snapper — have split time with the first-team offense this spring during Ikard's absence, first-year offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said.

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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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