Brown moves to offensive line

Freshman defensive tackle Jammal Brown appears to be the latest in a long line of players switching from defense to the offensive line.

The redshirt freshman from Lawton became the third player to move to the offensive line on Tuesday, when he officially made the move during Tuesday evening's practice.

The 6-6 310-pound Brown, follows former defensive tackle Brett Rayl and H-back Chris Bush, who both made the switch for the first time in the morning practice on Tuesday. Former defensive tackle Chike Ozumba made the same move after spring practice and is currently working with the second team.

"I asked Coach Stoops after this morning's practice if I could move to offense," said Brown.

"My right knee has been bothering me a lot on defense and I just felt it would hold up better on offense. On defense, I was always getting cut and having to cut sharply, and that was taking a toll on my knee. On offense, the stress on my knee won't be as tough and I think I can play football a long time on offense. It's going to be tough, because I have never played on the offensive line. I have to learn everything about the position, but I am looking forward to it."

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops said after Tuesday evening's practice that the move may not be permanent.

"We have moved Jammal to offensive line to see how he looks over there," said Stoops.

"We can always move him back to defense and that is a possibility. However, right now we want to take a look at Jammal on offense and see how things go. He is an excellent athlete and we want to find the right place for him."

Brown's move to the offensive line is not expected to pay immediate dividends for the Sooners. He has never played the position before and will start out as a third team guard. Brown has already used his redshirt year last season.

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