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Lane Johnson still in the running for starting job at OU

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 20, 2011
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Johnson, 6-foot-6, gained 30 pounds this summer. He now weighs 305. But when the team ran post-practice gassers last week, Johnson ran under 16 seconds, running a similar time as the running backs.

“That kid is amazing,” said running back Brennan Clay. “When we were running trippers, he was beating the O-line by five seconds. He was hauling. He's quick. He can move. He's doing a great job.”

Coaches could start Johnson at left or right tackle. His role might be alternating behind both Stephenson and Williams.

“(Johnson) is a bright guy and he cares a lot,” Kittle said. “He's an extremely hard worker. He runs great. He has big, long arms. Given his frame and athleticism, the sky is the limit for him.”