Oklahoma football notebook: Gabe Ikard says offensive line 'all a little heavier'

For the first time in his career, Sooners center Gabe Ikard is over the 300-pound mark. He said the added weight was thanks to new offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and Tiffany Byrd, director of sports nutrition.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 26, 2013

For the first time in his career, Sooners center Gabe Ikard is over the 300-pound mark.

Tuesday, before traveling to Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Ikard weighed in at 304.

He said the added weight was thanks to new offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and Tiffany Byrd, director of sports nutrition.

“We're all a little heavier than we were last year but we might move better than we did last year with the way we've been working,” Ikard said. “We've added some weight because the conference lines are pretty stout.”

In workouts, the line has added a renewed emphasis on weight-room work instead of running.

“I wouldn't say less running but we didn't run the same stuff as the skill guys,” Ikard said. “When we came up against some of the bigger lines last year, we weren't really pleased with the way we played so we made it a point of emphasis this offseason to get in the weight room a little fresher and be able to lift a little more.”

Byrd, who joined the athletic department in the spring, has changed the way the team eats.

“She's spent a whole lot of money giving us bars that we can eat throughout the day, sandwiches, protein shakes and all kinds of stuff that we have available to us,” Ikard said. “We've got options.”

HEADINGTON HALL OPENS SUNDAY

Oklahoma's new $75-million, state-of-the-art student housing facility opens its doors for new residents to move in Sunday.

The five-story, 230,000-square-foot Headington Hall will house 380 students.

Former OU stars Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson donated $500,000 each to the new building.

A new student-athlete dining facility inside Headington Hall has been named the “Sam Bradford Training Table,” and plans are being finalized for Peterson's name to be associated with the academic area and study lounge.

“We wanted to create a living and learning experience,” said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. “We wanted our students and student-athletes to have the greatest possible start to their career from a living perspective.

“We really tried to be creative and innovative for the residents themselves, the way the building is set up and functions.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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