The bad news is that the Oklahoma Sooners were down a lineman before camp even opened up. The good news, if you want to call it that, is that Alex Dalton is not a starter. He was a contributor though, has played in a total of thirteen games including six last season with one start, and for that he’ll definitely be missed in 2017.

A 6-foot-4, 298-pound redshirt junior from Troy, Ohio, Dalton was expected to backup starter Dru Samia at the right guard position. You may remember that he replaced Samia in the Texas Tech game last season. He was also instrumental in springing Devin Montgomery free on a 9-yard touchdown run during Oklahoma’s 56-3 blowout win over Kansas last season. (Is this where we’re supposed to mention that Kansas beat Texas last season?”

“It was an off-the-field injury that happened before camp, and so obviously a tough deal for him,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said. “You know, he’s had a couple of them here, but we’re going to get him rehabbed and get him back as soon as we can. But he will miss the season.”