OU, OSU offensive linemen fly under the radar

Oklahoman Published: August 20, 2009
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/> Now, both could be top-five selections in next year’s draft.

Okung might be one of the first three players taken. The senior moved to left tackle after playing right tackle as a true freshman. Cowboy coaches called him the first true freshman who they’d seen play so well so early in his career, and they felt confident moving him to the left side.

He’s been a rock there.

Williams primarily played right tackle the past three seasons, but with Phil Loadholt gone, Sooner coaches didn’t hesitate in moving Williams to the left side. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, after all, considers him the best offensive lineman he’s coached at OU.

That includes NFL Pro Bowlers Jammal Brown and Davin Joseph.

Both Okung and Williams are special. They are 6-foot-5, 300-plus pounds, but being big and strong isn’t enough nowadays, not with the speed and agility of defensive ends. These two are fleet and nimble, too.

Heck, Williams runs the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds.

That’s the same time former Sooner quarterback Rhett Bomar clocked at the NFL Combine last year.

We may go a long time before we see another left tackle in orange and black or crimson and cream as good as Okung or Williams. Having two who are this good in the state at the same time is unlikely to ever happen again.

With the likes of Bradford and Robinson, Gresham and Dez Bryant, Hunter and DeMarco Murray, the Sooners and the Cowboys have designs on special seasons. They have the playmakers to be explosive. Yet, the fireworks could be even bigger because of Okung and Williams.

"It’s going to allow both those teams, when you have both those guys coming back at left tackle, to do some special things offensively,” former Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware said.

"It totally changes the game.”

Okung and Williams will never be recognizable stars like some of their teammates have become, but you can say the same thing about them that you can say about those faces of the program.

They are game changers.


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