OU outlook: Offensive tackle

Spring football is right around the corner so Sooners Ilustrated is going to get you set with an early look at 2014 for OU.

The 2013 season is in the rear view mirror for Oklahoma. And while 2014 isn't quite here just yet, never too early to start talking how the team is shaping up.

With spring football less than two weeks away, here's an early look at how the Sooners are shaping up at all positions.

Offensive tackle

The starter:

Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams. Provided Thompson is able to fully recover from his ankle injuries, this seems to be a no-brainer with Williams at right tackle and Thompson at left.

Thompson and Williams had stellar 2013 seasons, and there's no reason to think either one of them won't only get better next season.

Next in line:

You have some choices here. The obvious one is Derek Farniok. He earned his first start of his career in Bedlam and got better as the game progressed.

This could also be the season for Josiah St. John. Considered a huge addition from the junior college circuit, St. John arrived to campus too late and never made an impact in 2013.

One name to keep tabs on will be redshirt freshman Christian Daimler. As he continues to put on weight, he's somebody the coaches were very high on following the bowl practices.

So tough to expect an offensive tackle to come straight from high school to playing as a true freshman, but Kenyon Frison could end up being that guy. With only two years of experience in football, Frison is going to learn a lot under Bill Bedenbaugh. Depending on how fast he picks things up, his time might come sooner rather than later.

On the radar:

Joseph Paul seems like the obvious answer here. With his size, it's still to be determined if he will make it at tackle or will have to move to guard. Academic issues also linger for Orlando Brown so it's too early to say he'll make it to campus.

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