Oklahoma spring football is just around the corner. Coming off a disappointing 2014 season, all Sooner fans are looking forward to turning the page to 2015.
Every edition of spring practices bring along questions, but there has arguably never been a more fascinating and uncertain spring than the one OU is about to begin.
Sooners Illustrated is here to help. During these next 15 days, we are going to pose one major question each day regarding OU’s 2015 spring football issues.
The countdown will end March 6, the final day before OU’s first day of practice and coincidentally, OU’s second junior day event and OU basketball’s showdown vs. Kansas in a huge day in OU sports. After spring practice, we will revisit these same 15 questions and see what has been answered and what remains left to be figured out.
Question No. 6: How will the OL positions work themselves out?There are two offensive line positions that aren’t in question – unless something goes horribly wrong for the Sooners.
Ty Darlington is the starting center, and Nila Kasitati will start at left guard. That much is certain, just about.
The other three spots will really be decided over the next 30 practices or so.
There are some favorites – like Jamaal Danley coming in from one of the best junior colleges in the country to play right guard.
There are some potential surprises – whether Kenyon Frison or Orlando Brown can becoming a starting tackle at one of the premier schools in the country still just 15 months removed from high school graduation.
Josiah St. John and Derek Farniok brings the most experience to the tackle position but will likely be passed up by Frison and Brown sooner rather than later.
Not matter what happens, the Oklahoma offensive line situation will be much different than last year, when Oklahoma had nearly eight players it could have rotated without worry.
That just won’t happen in 2015. At least it won’t happen as seamlessly as it did last year.
A lot of what the offensive line is going to look like will be determined during the next couple weeks of practice and once again when Oklahoma reconvenes in August.
With all the questions that don’t have answers the most important position is still going to be center. Because of the changing offense the changing line next to him, Darlington will have to be the most important player on the field. Well, second-most behind the quarterback.
That will take some improvement on his part. He has proven to be a great leader off the field and didn’t have to be one on the field because of three seniors on the offensive line.
It won’t be the same this year. There’s a chance that two or even three first-year players could be in the game at the same time. There might even be two first-time starters on the front.
Learning the offense will be Step 1 for Darlington, so that he can make sure the rest of the offensive line knows exactly what to do when the time comes.
That’s really the biggest question on the line.