Oklahoma may have one of the best offensive lines in college football but they suffered a hit to their depth on Wednesday with the announcement that redshirt senior Jonathan Alvarez was leaving the game of football due to injury concerns.
A member of the preseason watch list for the Rimington Award, present to the nation’s top center, Alvarez started Oklahoma’s first three games of the season as the anchor of the offensive line before being replaced by redshirt freshman Creed Humphrey. The position battle between Alvarez and Humphrey went deep into the summer and was touted as one of the best battles of fall camp. Ultimately Humphrey’s youth, size, and upside supplanted the experience of Alvarez.
“Injuries piled up just a little to high for him,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said on Wednesday. “I had a conversation with him and his family, shoot, he loves this place more than anybody. He’s been one of our most committed guys we’ve had the last several years… It just got to a point where it crossed a line and it was time.”