Post-Spring Breakdown: Part II

This is the second part of the post-spring practice breakdown. The previous featured the quarterback update. In this one, Sooners Illustrated will provide an update on the offensive line. The next few days will include analysis on the backfield and receiving groups for offense, as well as the defensive line, linebackers and secondary for defense.

1. Trent Williams is emerging as a leader: Since Williams is the lone returning starter on the offensive line, it's crucial that he helps the youngsters on the line fit into the system. He must do that by becoming a more outspoken leader and also leading by example, and so far in the spring, he has lived up to that challenge. As part of the transition from losing four starting offensive linemen, Williams has moved from the right tackle position to protecting quarterback Sam Bradford's blind side at the left tackle position. He is starting to get used to the move now that the spring comes to a close.

2. Stephen Good is starting to look like he could be a force: For a sophomore, Good has made big steps in the spring. He has been a major part of the spring rotation, so it looks likely that he could see a starting position in the fall.

3. Ben Habern is impressing at center: Jason Hannan left, and now Ben Habern has stepped up to the occasion in recent weeks. He's a young guy that looks poised to make a major impact this year in the absence of Jon Cooper.

"I'd say Ben Habern as a young guy has done very, very well."—Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson on Habern.

4. Brian Simmons is switching back and forth: Simmons has been switching back and forth during the spring from left to right guard. Last year, he backed up Duke Robinson at left guard, and with Alex Williams only as a sophomore, Simmons seems the mature fit for the right guard position. Coaches said he has looked pretty good throughout the spring.

5. Cory Brandon is separating from his competition on the right side: During the spring, both Williams and Wilson have commented on the progress of junior Cory Brandon. Last year, he served as a backup left tackle to Phil Loadholt, and with the transition of Williams to the left tackle position, his progress at right tackle is essential. Wilson said recently Brandon has started to separate himself from Jarvis Jones at the right tackle position. Here's what Wilson had to say about Brandon's transition so far.

"Cory's done really well, and he's an older guy. He's probably done as well [as anyone]." – Kevin Wilson on Brandon and his progress


Sooners Illustrated Top Stories