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M. Hofeld

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Typically one of the skill positions are highlighted on a scoring play but that wasn’t fully the case in Oklahoma’s 62-9 domination of Kansas last Saturday. During a play that would ultimately be wiped away by a penalty Oklahoma backup center Ian McIver stood out for all the right reasons.

The play was a 32-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Mordecai to Charleston Rambo but Mciver paved the way by removing not one but two Jayhawk defenders from contention for making a tackle. The play didn’t stand by McIver certainly stood out.

A redshirt junior from Keller, Texas, McIver has played in four games this season as Creed Humphrey’s backup. The 6-3/315 lineman was recruited by Bill Bedenbaugh to be a walk-on but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a high ceiling. In fact, he drew some lofty praise from his position coach before the beginning of the 2019 season.

“I thought he was a good walk-on,” Bedenbaugh said about McIver last fall. “He’s kind of like Erick Wren. I thought Erick would be a good walk-on and get himself to be a backup. Obviously he became a good player. I didn’t know Ian could get to that point.” 

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