NORMAN, Okla. — The goal of the Sooner offensive line is to get more physical this spring and to improve the running game. In fact, OU Offensive Coordinator Chuck Long has stated that the Sooners will tailor their scrimmages around developing the running game and to find out which tight end can be the most complete on the team.
Run Game Coordinator and offensive line coach Kevin Wilson is in charge of getting that running game going, and he stopped for a moment after the Sooners scrimmage on Saturday for the OUInsider.com Two Minute Drill.
JH: What did you think of the first scrimmage?
KW: "Things are going OK, and it's early. We are trying some new things and we are going to make mistakes, and that is fine. We have a lot of guys back and we aren't worried about it, but we can play better. We can play lower, harder, use our hands better and finish our blocks, and that is all we are talking about. We have had an OK first week. The first two days were tough, because we didn't have pads on. You really want to get after it. You are trying to run plays and you are competing, but you don't have pads on. The last two have been OK. And again, we are making some subtle, positive changes, and it has been a really good first week.
JH: Chris Chester has moved to center, so how is his progress and that of your young tackles coming along?
JW: "Chris is doing well, but it's too bad that Vince can't go. Even though he is an experienced player you would have liked him to work on getting better. He is just like Jammal, in that he can get better by practicing every day and we need both of those guys to get better. However, with Vince out it is giving Chris Bush and Chris Chester a lot of reps and that is going well.
"J.D. Quinn got a few reps and we kicked Davin (Joseph) out to tackle a little bit. We are also using Chris Bush out at tackle as we are really working on developing our offensive tackle position. We are just trying to work on some toughness and have a little more attitude that we lost last year."
JH: By moving Davin out to offensive tackle for a couple of series are you saying that your young tackles aren't showing you enough?
JW: "Davin is one of our best players, and we may have more centers and guards with Chester, Bush, J.D. or Kelvin (Chaisson), David (Walker) and Antonn Ried, who I held out of the scrimmage, because he got kicked and was sore. So, we have some good inside guys and we have to force some tackles.
"Akim (Millington) is doing very well and (Chris) Messner has made some nice strides. Messner is up to 287 to 290 and he is going to be 300 by the time the summer is over. Those guys are coming along, but if they are not the best, and that is either a Chris Bush or Davin, then we are going to work them in to see who is going to be the best in the future is going to be. Right now we know that it is Jammal (Brown) and Wes (Sims), but a big thing this year, other than getting tougher and the attitude, is to find the tackles of the future. We need them to evolve this spring.
SPRING FOOTBALL: Wilson still molding OU's line
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