Meeting the team: offensive player No. 9

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

Player: Bronson Irwin

Hometown: Mustang, Okla.

Class: Junior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-5, 305 pounds

Likely position on fall depth chart: Backup guard

The rundown: Irwin has been at OU for two years and played in both of them, seeing action in all 13 games a year ago as a reserve offensive lineman and member of the special teams unit. In his limited offensive line duties, he had 14 knockdowns on 127 snaps. In 2010, Irwin saw the field in eight games, marking his total experience at 21 games. He emerged as a four-star prospect, No. 3 offensive guard in the 2010 class and second-ranked player in Oklahoma coming out of high school.

Expectations for 2012: Like some of the others previously mentioned, Irwin is right there in the mix for playing time on the two-deep. With Nila Kasitati shifting over to center some and Austin Woods not being in the immediate mix at center, Irwin could easily be a solid backup at right guard. Everyone can expect him to step up and start to show some leadership now as an upperclassman, even if he's not in a starting role. As we've seen, depth is paramount, and he certainly provides it for starter Tyler Evans and the rest of the offensive line unit.

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