At the moment, with starting center Ben Habern dealing with a flaring muscle in his back and top reserve Brian Lepak out at least another week with a high-ankle sprain, Wilson has tight end Brody Eldridge working at center with the first-team offense.
“If we were playing today, and Ben is limited and Lepak is limited, who's your center? It's probably Brody,” Wilson said Monday. “It's natural for Brody. Blocking is blocking. Hopefully we don't have to do it a whole lot.
“But that's something that you have to be ready for."
However, because the Sooners are loaded at tight end with All-American Jermaine Gresham among others and because of Eldridge's solid showing on the line thus far in camp, Wilson, didn't rule out the idea of playing Eldridge at either guard or center in spots this season.
“Another reason for moving him there is getting him on the field,” Wilson said. “If we're in a one-back set, am I going to leave Brody on the field, and not put Jermaine out there? But Brody is too good not to play. Whether he's at center or guard, he may be there.”
Habern was in full pads Monday, but hasn't been able to take part in all of the contact drills.
Habern said he's day-to-day, but expects to be back on the field at 100 percent perhaps by the end of the week.
“I know that's just one of those injures that will keep flaring up if you don't let it rest,” Habern said. “I got some reps in today, some individual work, it started feeling really good. I was hitting people and didn't it hurt or anything. The trainers are going to let me do more every day.”
Lepak, a walk-on transfer from Colorado State, injured his ankle on the second day of practice and is currently wearing a protective boot.
Other players taking snaps at center include left tackle Trent Williams and right guard Stephen Good.
“Demontre Hurst has been outstanding,” Stoops said Monday. “Really, he's been as good a young guy as we've ever brought in here. Really doing well.”
Hurst was a late find for the Sooners during the recruiting season. Hurst had been committed to Oklahoma State, but switched his commitment to OU days before signing day.
Freshman safety Kevin Brent has not been able to participate in workouts so far because of a shoulder injury. ... After leaving the team for personal reasons in the spring, kicker Matt Moreland has rejoined the Sooners; Moreland handled OU's kickoffs last season, and will compete with redshirt freshman Tress Way for kickoff duties. ... The Sooners went full pads Monday for the first time this preseason, and today will endure their first of four August two-a-day practices.