Multiple questions received at least a partial answer in Oklahoma’s annual spring game on Friday night. The offensive, where the Sooners are replacing four starters from last year, line is no exception to that.
For the most part the offensive line played clean in the scrimmage. What I mean by that is there few, if any, penalties by the guys up front. They also gave their respective quarterbacks ample time to make throws and paved the way for the running backs to collect 106 yards on 14 carries (7.57 YPC).
Make no mistake about it, this game was about the quarterback but the next position under the microscope was the offensive line. The end result was actually quite impressive, especially considering starting center Creed Humphrey was a non-participant.
So Who’s In Line To Start?
After the game Lincoln Riley stated that Jalen Hurts had the two first-team tackles and Tanner Mordecai had the two first-team guards. If true, that means that at the present moment Oklahoma’s offensive line looks like this.
LT – Erik Swenson (Redshirt Junior)
LG – Marquise Hayes (Redshirt Sophomore)
C – Creed Humphrey (Redshirt Sophomore)
RG – Tyrese Robinson (Redshirt Sophomore)
RT – Adrian Ealy (Redshirt Sophomore)
That’s a lot of youth along the line, which is absolutely a good thing in terms of where they are right now and then how they’re going to develop. It’s also good in the terms of size and power. Look at the line from this perspective.
LT – Swenson (6-5/315)
LG – Hayes (6-5/351)
C – Humphrey (6-5/325)
RG – Robinson (6-3/332)
LT – Ealy (6-6/328)
That’s an average of 6-5/330 across the line for Oklahoma. If they take on the edgy and mauler type of attitude Bill Bedenbaugh is notorious for developing with his line then this group is going to give defensive fronts some fits in the fall.
Things Will Most Likely Change A Bit
As much as I hate to bring down the hype and excitement a bit, I have to throw a reminder out there that we’re only through spring. It’s going to be a long summer and many of these positions may not be solidified until mid-August.
Graduate transfer R.J. Proctor isn’t on campus yet and guys like Finley Felix and Brey Walker haven’t finished making their cases just yet.
We’ll know a lot more about this position group when fall camp begins to wind down and game preparations for the Houston Cougars start taking shape. We do, however, at least have a since of direction coming out of the spring.