Meeting the team: offensive player No. 5

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated now presents the fifth day getting you acquainted with the team.

Player: Ben Habern

Hometown: Argyle, Texas

Class: Redshirt senior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-4, 292 pounds

Likely position on fall depth chart: Starting center

The rundown: He battled back from a broken forearm last year that forced him to miss five games and returned to the lineup late in the season. Because of playing just eight games, Habern finished with fewer knockdowns than the rest of the offensive line personnel, recording 39 in 391 snaps. The previous year he started all 14 games and led the unit with 1,070 snaps and 123 knockdowns on those. Habern is perhaps the most veteran offensive lineman and will be taxed with the responsibility of calling everything out and orchestrating things up front.

Expectations for 2012: A former All-Big 12 honorable mention AP selection in his redshirt sophomore year, Habern will be looked at as one of the most key cogs offensively. His health decides a lot about how this offense flows. Habern should be full strength off his neck surgery that kept him out of spring ball, and that should allow him to take advantage of a lot of experience snapping the ball with signal caller Landry Jones. The two have developed a chemistry, sense of familiarity and comfortability that is so important and largely taken for granted in college football. Perfection snapping the ball and helping Jones run the no-huddle are both things he'll be expected to do en route to another potential All-Big 12 season of some sort, likely first team.

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