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Oklahoma offensive linemen Branndon Braxton (front), Phil Loadholt (from left), Trent Williams, Jon Cooper, Duke Robinson and Brandon Walker aren't the ones who draw fan interest, but they're one of the Sooners' strengths. By Chris Lansberger, The Oklahoman
‘Twisting, pulling, pinching, eye gouging'Just how tough is it to be a college offensive lineman? We asked players around the league about what it's really like. "When our guys make the newspapers for scoring touchdowns, that's our glory; that's when we know that we did our jobs. The worst is when there's a loose ball and a dogpile. Talk about a dirty job — the stuff that goes on in there is X-rated. There's twisting, pulling, pinching, eye gouging and pretty much whatever guys can get their hands on they pull.” — Travis Schneider, offensive lineman, Texas A&M "When DeMarco (Murray) runs for a touchdown, we feel better than he does.” — Duke Robinson, offensive lineman, Oklahoma "Someone else can bust an assignment, maybe in the backfield, but we get the blame. ... You learn to take it and not complain about it.” — Trent Williams, offensive lineman, Oklahoma
How I do what I do Jon Cooper explains what it's really like when you're working the dirty job of being an offensive lineman: "There's a lot that goes on up front, a lot of hitting and punching. "Guys are always trying to get away with this or that or take little cheap shots. "You're scratching and clawing for every inch, every yard.”