NORMAN — Two-a-days are over. Classes start Monday.
And Lane Johnson is still in the running for a starting job.
This is the same Lane Johnson that was running at third-team defensive end when Oklahoma opened spring practices.
Johnson and Donald Stephenson, the returning starter at left tackle, alternated with the first two units throughout two-a-days. This week, Johnson will get a look at right tackle.
Regardless how the competition shakes out, Stephenson, Johnson and right tackle Daryl Williams will rotate. The Sooners prefer to keep players fresh in their fast-paced, no-huddle scheme.
Long and athletic, Johnson showed he can mix it up in the trenches during OU's final major scrimmage on Thursday.
“He's a tough country kid,” said offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle. “He got a bloody nose. He had blood streaming down his face and never missed a play. It was a bar fight kind of thing. And he's in there swinging away. We're very pleased with him.”
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.”