OU spring review: Offensive tackles

After years of stability, right tackle remains a question mark on Sooners' offensive front

Spring football is done at Oklahoma. The Sooners were able to get everything they could from 14 practices and the spring game and now the focus goes toward the 2015 season.

So what did we learn? Sooners Illustrated is going to take a position-by-position approach to see what we know now (or what we don’t know) going forward at OU.

Offensive tackle

Well, one tackle spot seems sown up. Josiah St. John is the Sooners’ starting left tackle next season, barring some horrible change of fate.

But who is in line for the right tackle spot opposite St. John?

Like the quarterback battle going on behind the offensive line, that fifth spot on the line will probably be open for much of preseason camp. St. John, Ty Darlington and Nila Kasitati, who missed all of spring practice, are the guaranteed starters.

Likely, Jamal Danley will come in as a top-rated junior college guard and start opposite Kasitati. The right tackle, which was manned for three years by one of the best in college football over that span, is still a question.

Spring didn’t solve much of anything. The front runner right now? Kenyon Frison is the tackle of the future. But is that future now? Here’s what Kasitati said this spring about Frison:

“Kenyon is a great guy, great football player. He gives full effort every time. As coaches, I know, even as players, we love seeing that – young guys coming in getting ready to step into these big roles and wanting to take these big positions. He’s definitely responding in the right way.

He has a lot to learn, you know, as a freshman coming in. But he has a great attitude and is always willing to work every time we get out there. He’s one of those guys you see that gives you something to look at.”

Well, Frison is 6-foot-6 and just shy of 300 pounds.

“Kenyon has definitely been stepping up as a player,” Kasitati said. “The transition from high school to college is a really big transition, especially with workouts and the discipline you have to have: The speed of the game, everybody being bigger and stronger. He’s definitely responded in a positive way.”

Derek Farniok and Sam Grant are likely to two others that will be competing in preseason camp for that final spot on the offensive line. Oklahoma has obvious confidence that the offensive line will develop. That’s a confidence in line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, though, as much as it is potential and talent of the players.

“They are progressing,” Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “We have some depth there and I’ve told you about the guy coaching them. There isn’t a better guy in the country. I have a lot of confidence in them.”


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