NORMAN — During Meet the Sooners Day, the lines of fans waiting for Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray's autographs resembled those at Six Flags Over Texas.
Anyone wanting to meet center Jon Cooper or tackle Branndon Braxton could do so almost immediately. Such is life for an offensive lineman. "The fun and glory is at the other positions, quarterback, running back, wide receiver. Playing offensive line is pretty much want-to. You have to want to go out there and block, you have to want to go out there and do your job,” said guard Brandon Walker. Newspaper headlines and fan interest will center around Bradford, Murray and tight end Jermaine Gresham, the team's playmakers. But the strength of this team is on the offensive line. Tackles Braxton and Phil Loadholt, guards Duke Robinson and Brandon Walker and Cooper are all seniors and returning starters. The line's top two backups, guard Brian Simmons and tackle Trent Williams, also return. Cooper, Robinson and Loadholt were Preseason All-Big 12 selections. For those reasons, many prognosticators believe OU will have the best offensive line in college football. That won't prevent most of the attention going to Bradford and Murray.