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Oklahoma football: Ty Darlington ready to replace Gabe Ikard as OU center

Darlington, from Apopka, Fla., is good friends and roommates with Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight. Darlington started one game as a true freshman and is now in line to replace Ikard — a first-team All-American last season — as Oklahoma’s starting center.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 10, 2014

NORMAN — Oklahoma center Ty Darlington barely played a year ago behind Gabe Ikard, but saw just enough action to burn a year of eligibility.

Darlington, now a junior, said he doesn’t waste much time thinking about the lost redshirt, though.

“It's in the past,” Darlington said. “There's nothing that me being disappointed or getting upset about it is gonna do now.”

Darlington, from Apopka, Fla., is good friends and roommates with Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight. Darlington started one game as a true freshman and is now in line to replace Ikard — a first-team All-American last season — as Oklahoma’s starting center.

Darlington spoke last week about the offensive line’s depth, Knight’s progress as a leader and what he learned from Ikard.

Q: The offensive line seems deeper than its been in a long time. Has that created more competition?

A: “Absolutely; I could not tell you who's gonna start up front right now. There are so many guys who are competing and playing hard and playing physically. It could be any combination of guys, and that's gonna make us all better.

“And those guys across the line from us … those are the best guys in the Big 12, we believe, maybe in the nation. There are some next-level quality players on that side of the ball, and we're all competing hard. It's getting a little chippy sometimes, which I love, too. Everybody gets to talking a little bit, and that makes both of us better. We're playing hard against each other.”

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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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