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State of the Sooners: Oklahoma’s offensive line entering the 2013 spring game

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013
Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard played both center and guard last season. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard played both center and guard last season. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s offensive line lost just one starter from last year’s team, but it was an important one: Tackle Lane Johnson, who is projected as a high first-round NFL Draft pick.

Still, OU brings back lots of experience, and is under the direction of first-year position coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

Continuing my unit-by-unit look at the 2013 Sooners, here’s a glance at Oklahoma’s offensive line entering Saturday’s spring game.

LEFT TACKLE
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
79; Daryl Williams; So.; 6-6; 315
76; Jake Reed; Sr.; 6-4; 300
LEFT GUARD
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.

74; Adam Shead; Jr.; 6-4; 311
54; Nila Kasitati; So.; 6-4; 309
CENTER
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
64; Gabe Ikard; Sr.; 6-3; 298
56; Ty Darlington; So.; 6-3; 282
RIGHT GUARD
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
68; Bronson Irwin; Sr.; 6-5; 310
78; Kyle Marrs; 6-5; 300
RIGHT TACKLE
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
71; Tyrus Thompson; Jr.; 6-5; 316
72; Derek Farniok; So.; 6-9; 324

Offensive line analysis: Even with Tyler Evans’ second ACL tear — that probably will end his career — Oklahoma remains in decent shape inside its offensive line. Senior Austin Woods is working at center, too, which gives the Sooners solid depth there in case Ikard needs to move back to guard. OU also adds junior-college transfer Dionte Savage this summer.

Ikard isn’t doing much this spring because of his broken hand, but should be fine by the start of fall camp. If there’s a bright side to Ikard’s injury, it’s that Darlington and Woods are getting more reps in case they’re needed at center next fall.

Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams each have started games at tackle, and junior-college transfer Josiah St. John will provide more depth there once he arrives in the summer.

“Tyrus and Daryl are very, very talented,” Bedenbaugh said. “There’s obviously some things with everybody they have to improve on, but those kids have a ton of talent and they can be really, really good players and really good tackles for the next two years.”

Here’s a full schedule for the “State of the Sooners” series:
Monday, 11 a.m.: Special teams
Monday, 2 p.m.: Defensive backs
Tuesday, 11 a.m.: Linebackers
Tuesday, 2 p.m.: Defensive linemen
Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Offensive linemen
Wednesday, 2 p.m.: Tight ends
Thursday, 11 a.m.: Wide receivers
Thursday, 2 p.m.: Running backs
Friday, 11 a.m.: Quarterbacks

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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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