OU football: Gabe Ikard an extra coach for Ty Darlington

Darlington said his relationship with Ikard has been one of the most important things in his development so far.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 25, 2013


Sophomore center Ty Darlington saw significant action late last season as a true freshman, even starting the Sooners' 42-34 win over Baylor in early November, when starter Gabe Ikard was out with a concussion.

In the last couple games of the year, Ikard shifted over to guard, allowing Darlington to enter the lineup.

Darlington said his relationship with Ikard has been one of the most important things in his development so far.

“He's like another coach for me, and he's my biggest fan, too,” Darlington said. “When I get in there, I tend to be really hard on myself. I tend to be overly critical of myself, so he's always telling me things I'm doing well.”

Ikard is expected to start his senior season as Oklahoma's center, but if he's needed, could easily move to another spot on the line.


Tight ends were noticeably absent from the Oklahoma offense in 2012, a strange anomaly for a program that has historically featured greatness at the position.

Brannon Green caught a touchdown pass in the season opening win at UTEP, but he only grabbed two more receptions the rest of the season.

by Ryan Aber
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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