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The Oklahoma Sooners offensive line still has work to do

Young but deep offensive line walks line of competition versus consistency

NORMAN – Bill Bedenbaugh's face didn’t exactly express excitement in the Oklahoma Sooners offensive line. It’s a young group that could wind up starting two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior with a couple first-year transfer at the primary back-up spots.

It’s not quite the senior-laden group from two years ago, but Bedenbaugh has already called it a “deep” group. Coming off the first 100-play scrimmage of the preseason, Bedenbaugh wasn’t discouraged, but he definitely didn’t seem like enough had been done yet.

“It was just OK – very average,” Bedenbaugh said of the scrimmage. “It was too inconsistent. A couple of good plays, a bad play, couple good plays, bad play: We’ve just got to be more consistent.”

Bobby Evans is working in at right tackle and could earn the starting spot there – in his first healthy year on the field for Oklahoma. That would move Dru Samia to right guard, leaving the Sooners with only one true position starter returning from last year’s offensive line.

A few bumps in the road were probably expected.

Throw in an injury to Christian Daimler, who was expected to be a solid contributor in the rotation, and the Sooners are still “settling in and getting guys comfortable,” as Bedenbaugh put it. Bedenbaugh expects Daimler back within “another week or two.”

There’s a fine line between competition and consistency on the offensive line, especially as preseason camp gets later and the need for continuity grows ever more important. The offensive line trusts Bedenbaugh to make sure they are ready.

“He’s really got all this worked out. He’s got a big plan,” Samia said. “We trust him. All we can do it play hard and he’ll put us in a position to succeed.”


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