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The offensive line will be a major focus for a developing Sooners offense

The Oklahoma spring game is this weekend, and there are a number of things to watch for Saturday afternoon.

But here’s what you should be watching the most.


While numbers are down significantly at most of the positions on Oklahoma’s roster, one place that isn’t lacking is the offensive line.

The offensive line won’t be as good as it was last season – having lost three long-time starters – but it won’t have to be. The change in offensive scheme will put far less demand on the front five, which will include three players without a start at Oklahoma.

A lot of eyes will be on Josiah St. John, who has all but been named the starting left tackle for the season. This will be the first chance for fans and media alike to see the man that will likely replace Tyrus Thompson. While the defense won’t be at full-steam pass rush, it’ll be important for St. John to prove capable.

There aren’t many newcomers on the defense, and St. John will need to contend with whatever is thrown his way.

Soon-to-be redshirt freshmen tackles Kenyon Frison and Orlando Brown will both be contending for a starting spot at right tackle. Derek Farniok has also looked good thus far in spring according to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.

“Coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh has been pleased with their day-to-day progress, and they’re coming around pretty well with assignments and techniques and what not,” he said. “So they’re doing a good job.”

Frison and Farniok are the two most likely candidates to start at right tackle.

Jamal Danley is expected to compete – and might be the starter opposite Nila Kasitati – at guard.

Center Ty Darlington will need to show that he can understand the offense and willing to be the leader of an inexperienced offense line. He’ll be very important in Oklahoma’s offense this season.

Whoever plays quarterback for the Sooners won’t need six seconds to pass, but the offensive line can’t just lay down.

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