For years now, the Oklahoma Sooners have possessed a flashy offense capable of running opponents off the field. Placing much of the attention on the skill position players like Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown, it’s the offensive line that gets overlooked now that Orlando Brown has moved on to the NFL. Yet, today is the day that all of that changes.
On Monday morning, ESPN released a mid-season All-American team. Featuring several familiar names from across the nation, one player sticks out for a select fanbase spread out across the Great Plains. Offensive Guard Ben Powers certainly sets the tone for the Sooner line. Putting in years of work, the 6-4 313-pound senior now garners all the attention.
A constant force to be reckoned with, Powers showcases the ability to get an initial push in the trenches…something that has been lacking on this offensive line. Moving defenders out of the way, the effort has helped OU remain at the top of the list in yards per play. Averaging 8.7 yards each play, the Sooners pace the nation largely due to the protection this line affords the quarterback.
Assuming Powers keeps the level of play high throughout the remainder of the season, he could easily find himself on several All-American lists.