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Oklahoma football: Sooners' offensive line suddenly short on experience

This front line might be the most inexperienced since 2009 — and that season, Sam Bradford was injured in the first half of the opener against Brigham Young.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 12, 2012

NORMAN — Oklahoma's offensive line is suddenly its most inexperienced since the 2009 season, and remember how that turned out?

I'll refresh your memory: In the first half of the first game of the season, on two straight plays, the same BYU linebacker blazed through gaping holes in OU's line and leveled Sam Bradford.

The second time, the returning Heisman Trophy winner suffered a shoulder sprain, missed a few games, hurt the same shoulder again and his season — and OU career — was finished.

But there is still reason for hope as the Sooners forge through this strange stretch: Who the heck knows what might happen to make the offensive line woes better?

After all, it was a mere three weeks ago when the questions at Big 12 Media Days, directed at Bob Stoops, Landry Jones and, yes, center Ben Habern, all focused on how Jones could possibly carry on with such inexperience at wide receiver, and how Habern led a veteran offensive line that was one of the team's strongest units.

Today, the receiver situation seems much less critical with the additions of junior college transfer Lacoltan Bester and Penn State refugee Justin Brown, both of whom have impressed coaches through fall camp. That's in addition to a freshman group that too seems poised and ready to contribute.

Meanwhile, offensive linemen are suddenly the biggest concern in Soonerland after Habern decided to call it a career because of lingering back and neck issues, and senior Tyler Evans tore his ACL on the first day of practices, taking with them 59 career starts.

Just a couple days before fall camp started, at the Sooner Caravan event in Oklahoma City, Bob Stoops reassured the concerned OU faithful that the situation at wide receiver would be fine.

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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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