As the football season wears on the injuries typically pile up. That’s where Oklahoma finds themselves heading into their final home game of the 2018 season with several injuries listed at key positions.
News broke earlier in the month that backup center Jonathan Alvarez was retiring from the game due to injuries. Last week the Sooners lost their new back up center when Alex Dalton suffered his third torn ACL since arriving on campus. This puts Oklahoma in a precarious situation should something happen to starter Creed Humphrey.
“You’re always thinking about it, especially at center,” Lincoln Riley said. “And I’m going to preface this by saying I’m not going to say what our plans would be just for schematic advantages. But especially at center you’ve got to be ready because you can go grab a skill guy and teach him, hand him the ball a few times and do some things back there, not that it’s going to be perfect, you can get by with that—you can’t just go teach a guy to snap overnight and play that position and do all we do. So we’ve had some emergency plans in place.”
With Rodney Anderson and Marcelias Sutton already lost for the season, there’s lots of interest in freshman T.J. Pledger’s hip injury. Reported to be questionable for Saturday, I wouldn’t expect to see the youngster unless something happens to Trey Sermon or Kennedy Brooks.
The Sooners got some good news last weekend when freshman safety Brendan Radley-Hiles returned after a one-game absence. OU is still waiting on Kahlil Haughton who has missed the last two games win an undisclosed injury. He’s questionable for the Kansas game.
Here’s to hoping the injury list shrinks in the coming weeks as opposed to growing.