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.”