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OU 17-for-2017: OG starters between Cody Ford, Dru Samia, Ben Powers?

The OU 17-for-2017 countdown continues with a look at the interior offensive line.

It’s about that time again. Expectations are high. Questions abound. Yep, it’s time for Oklahoma spring football.

The Sooners, coming off an 11-2 season where they won the Big 12 championship and the Sugar Bowl, will no doubt be expected to be in the national championship and playoff hunt once again.

The calendar turns to March. The page officially turns to 2017, and although things look rosy for OU, there are still plenty of unanswered questions going forward.

What are those? That’s where Sooners Illustrated comes in. We’ll take a look at one pressing question each day leading up to OU starting spring practice March 21. The spring game is April 8.

Sooners Illustrated’s 17 questions for spring 2017

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Three men, two spots, how does it break down between Cody Ford, Ben Powers, Dru Samia?

You talk about a great problem to have, and OU absolutely has it at offensive line. The Sooners are loaded with their top eight returning.

It’s great to have depth, but you wouldn’t mind seeing some separation in terms of who is going to be the top guys throughout the process.

Pencil in Orlando Brown and Bobby Evans at the tackle spots. Erick Wren has a grasp on center. The other two interior spots are up for grabs, though, with three incredibly worthy contenders.

Following the injury to Cody Ford last September, it became the Ben Powers show at offensive guard. Powers was sensational during conference play and was a key reason OU didn’t miss a beat after Ford’s injury.

But now Ford is back. Powers is back. And versatile lineman Dru Samia is also still in Norman. In fact, none of them are even seniors so we could be asking these same types of questions once again for the 2018 season.

Perhaps nailing down a starter isn’t as necessary as is the mindset of everyone to keep competing. No matter the outcome. Keep going out there and making each other better.

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has shown before he’s not afraid to pull somebody if the performance isn’t up to par. Well, when you’ve got the competition the Sooners have right now at the offensive line, that’s the perfect incentive to make sure nobody gets lazy and guys keep progressing at a strong rate.

For the record, like Samia and Ford heading into spring.

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