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Oklahoma football: OU's brand might make Bill Bedenbaugh's job a little easier

The Sooners' new offensive line coach notices a difference in recruiting kids for OU instead of West Virginia.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 20, 2013

/articleid/3757404/1/pictures/1958690">Photo - New University of Oklahoma (OU) offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh speaks with the media at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
New University of Oklahoma (OU) offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh speaks with the media at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The key to recruiting success is knowing the prospect's aspirations, and Bedenbaugh said all recruits' most common goals are attainable at Oklahoma.

“Most of these kids that you're recruiting want to play in the NFL,” he said. “I've coached a lot of kids that are playing in the NFL. They've produced a lot of o-linemen here that are playing in the NFL.

“The education, winning championships, being around a great person like Coach Stoops as your mentor. ... Heck, we've got as much to sell as anybody in the country.”

In 2013, Oklahoma returns several offensive linemen with starting experience. Guards Adam Shead and Bronson Irwin, tackles Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams, and center Gabe Ikard are all back.

After a preseason ACL tear cost Tyler Evans his 2012 season, the senior received a medical redshirt to return in 2013.

Bedenbaugh said all jobs are open, and will remain that way throughout the season.

“Every spring, every job's open,” Bedenbaugh said. “During the week, every job's open.

“If you don't perform the way you're supposed to in a game, you're not gonna keep your job. That's reality. They understand that.”

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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