OU's offensive line was battered and bruised all of last season, and one of those victims was guard Adam Shead.
The 6-foot-4, 311-pounder wasn't on the shelf with his multiple injuries—he battled ankle, knee and back ailments in 2012—but he certainly had to fight through a lot of them in order to start all 13 games at left guard.
Just about three months after last year's final game, as the Sooners work through spring ball, all those have cleared up.
"I feel good," Shead said. "I feel better than what I have in a long time. I feel the best that I have in a long time."
It appears that, as it often does, just time off did the trick.
"That's all I had to [have], have a little time off," Shead said.
His back was probably his most serious injury, but it won't require any kind of procedure.
In fact, he's full go through all the drills and not experiencing any setbacks.
So, that has allowed him to be a veteran force on the offensive line in his second-to-last spring.
"Yeah. I mean, I guess it's kinda normal for me," Shead said. "Like I don't really see a difference. I just can—I know that now I am kind of a leader like because I've been here for a minute, been in the program. I know what to do, the ins and outs of things, so it kinda helps when you have younger guys who need a mentor or somebody to look up to. So, that's all I'm trying to do right now is just be that guy."
The Sooners presumably will have several of those guys when they open up the season this fall, including four returning starters up front in guards Shead and Bronson Irwin, center Gabe Ikard and tackle Tyrus Thompson.
But they can use all the veteran guys they can get, especially during spring ball, and especially if they're healthy.
Shead, it appears, is.