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Oklahoma Sooners will try to sort through a young offensive line in spring practice

Ford, Danley emerging on the interior of a line with many moving parts.

As spring practice is still just a few days old, Oklahoma has no set positions on the offensive line. Outside of left tackle Orlando Brown, just about everyone is interchangeable.

Dru Samia, who started nine games as a true freshman at right tackle last year, has been working inside – something he did last year. Jonathan Alvarez has moved to center but isn’t practicing yet in the spring. He could jump out to guard relatively easy. Junior college transfers Ben Powers and Ashton Julious have moved inside after playing tackle in JuCo.

There’s nothing set, and that’s a plus for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

“It’s a definite positive, no doubt,” he said. “I think we’ve got some versatile guys. . . . We’ll see what happens.”

Alvarez is more of a natural center, but redshirt freshmen like Cody Ford and Bobby Evans have been moving all around the line. Early in camp, it seems like Ford and junior college transfers Jamal Danley, who had two concussions last year, have separated themselves slightly in the race for the to open guard spots.

But Alex Dalton isn’t practicing. Walk-on linemen Erik Wren has even looked stout enough to earn multiple mentions from Bedenbaugh. Christian Daimler has come on early in spring practice, Bedenbaugh said.

“We’ve got a bunch of guys going through spring ball,” Bedenbaugh said.  “You very rarely, as long as I’ve been coaching, have this many guys to go through spring ball. You’re usually at eight to ten guys to go through spring ball. That will allow us to get more reps.

“. . . There are some other things that we can do. As guys get comfortable in positions, we may move them around. If you can do it, it’s very important.”

Evans, who missed almost all of his final high school season with a torn ACL, has come along much quicker than Bedenbaugh would have initially thought. Bedenbaugh even said that incoming freshman Logan Roberson could end up at center.

“He’s going to be a hell of a player at some point and hopefully sooner rather than later,” Bedenbaugh said.


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