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Oklahoma football: Junior center Ty Darlington ready to finally play more snaps

by Jason Kersey Published: August 26, 2014
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NORMAN — Oklahoma junior center Ty Darlington started one game as a true freshman in place of Gabe Ikard, but has spent most of the last two seasons on the sideline waiting his turn.

With Ikard graduated, Darlington has taken over the starting center spot full-time.

“It really has been a long time since I got to just play football, just step on the field and play every down,” Darlington said. “Even getting back to high school, never having in a long time played multiple games in a row where I play the entire game. So it’s going to be a fun opportunity.”

Darlington, from Apopka, Fla., played just enough in 2013 to not qualify for a redshirt season. Now, the former four-star prospect is ready to take on a leadership role on the Sooners’ deep offensive line.

“I can’t wait to get out there,” Darlington said. “There is a whole new energy because it’s game week.  You can feel it around the locker room and the team.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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