he did, Balogun would lose his final season of eligibility. An announcement on the matter could be coming as early as Wednesday.
Fortunately for the Sooners, this isn’t last year all over again. Even without Balogun, OU boasts loads of depth at middle linebacker.
Ryan Reynolds, who looks good despite a return from a third knee injury, will continue to assume the starting spot in the middle.
Austin Box, who has been working on the weak side, started four games last year in the middle after Reynolds went down with the injury. Box has the ability to swing back to the middle if needed.
Lastly, true freshman Tom Wort, also a middle linebacker, is proving that he’s capable of contributing to the rotation this season as well.
→The injuries at center
Two days into practice, the Sooners had lost their top-two centers to injury in Ben Habern (inflamed back) and Brian Lepak (high-ankle sprain).
As a result, offensive line coach James Patton has been forced to work tackle Trent Williams, guard Stephen Good and tight end Brody Eldridge at center.
The good news is that all should return to normal in the coming days. Habern, who has participated in some contact drills, has shown gradual improvement since sustaining the injury and doesn’t appear to be too far away from being cleared all the way for practice. When that happens, Patton said Eldridge will move back to tight end, where his blocking acumen is so valuable.
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