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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 Published: August 7, 2012

How have your first few days gone?

They're going really well. Day 4 today. It's starting to get hot outside but I see a lot of progress as far as me personally, as well as the offensive line. They're starting to get things down.

With Tyler going down, do you feel an urge to step up?

Yeah. Yeah for sure. When a guy goes down, you feel bad. But at the same time, someone has to step up. That's the way football is from Little League all the way through.

We hear the slogan, “Team Is One,” but it's really true for an offensive line. How hard is it to overcome, when a guy goes down or two guys go down in injury to get that chemistry back together?

We rotate a lot, so guys have reps with different players around them. If you work right guard, you work left guard too. I don't want to say it's seamless but just getting reps that way in the summer and the spring really helps. Like I said, it's not seamless but it's not like you're totally thrown off because everyone is on the same page.

There's been a lot that's happened before you guys even got in pads. Does it worry you at all with guys returning, guys leaving, how the season's going to go?

No. I have full confidence in my guys. I can control what I can control. I have a lot of trust in the guys around me because we've been working together all offseason.

From what you've seen, how does Dom Whaley look after these first few days?

From what I've seen, he looks good. He's cutting good, running good. I don't really overanalyze it but from what I see, he's running really well.

What do you like about the Belldozer?

I like that we score a lot on it, I guess would be the best thing. As an offensive lineman, you like to put your hand on the ground and really ground and pound. That's what I like. Cutting down the splits and just driving people off the ball is just really fun for us.