Oklahoma football: Bronson Irwin says 'I trust every guy' on the offensive line

With Tyler Evans out with a torn ACL, OU junior Bronson Irwin will need to step up this season. Evans talked about the offensive line, running back Dom Whaley and blocking for the Belldozer.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Staff Writer skuzydym@opubco.com Published: August 7, 2012

OU junior guard Bronson Irwin has likely earned his first start.

That is, if Irwin can stay healthy on an offensive line that has already lost several players to injuries.

Irwin will be replacing senior guard Tyler Evans, who tore his ACL on the first day of practice this year. Evans had 29 career starts. Irwin spoke with the media Monday after practice about stepping up, his line, running back Dom Whaley and blocking for the Belldozer.

Your name came up a whole lot during summer workouts. Do you see it as kind of your time, stepping into your shoes?

Yeah. I mean, personally I'm always trying to get better so every summer I want to be better than I was last summer. Every season I want to be better than I was last season.

When you guys started camp, people saw the offensive line as something you could really count on. For this offense, you can't help but notice the past couple days …

I'll put it on record. I'll say it. I work with these guys every day through the summer and the heat. I trust every guy. If I look to my left, I trust my tackle. I trust my center. And I'll vouch for it, I think we're going to be really good.

Do you feel snakebit at all (with Nila Kasitati out with heart surgery and Austin Woods undergoing cancer treatment)?

It's rough. Obviously, you can't prepare for that, but what are you going to do? There's no reason to pout about it or sit around and feel sorry for yourself. You just got to do the best with what we have and that's what we're doing.

What were your original thoughts when you heard coach Bob Stoops say that last year wasn't Landry Jones' fault, it was the 10 guys around him?

I mean, you can't say that there's nothing you could have done to get better. There's always something you could have done to improve the game. Anytime you can change something, you need to try to do that. I'm not going to say that — you can't really point out one person or one area. Everyone needs to get better. I mean, as a whole unit, we need to get better in every position. That goes for backups, starters and everyone else.

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