The 2018 college football season is slightly more than 100 days away. And with approximately 3 1/2 months remaining until Week 1, plenty of position battles remain for teams all across the nation.
When it comes to Oklahoma, it’s hard to not look immediately at the quarterback situation, as three-year-starter Baker Mayfield graduated after the 2017 campaign. But with an experienced quarterback in the form of Kyler Murray on pace to fill Mayfield’s void, there may be more important position battles to keep an eye on — such as who will be snapping the football.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter wrote that the battle at center is the biggest of any position for the Sooners during the remainder of the offseason. Oklahoma attempts to replace 2017 starting center Erick Wren — who earned All-Big 12 First Team honors last fall — to graduation over the offseason. That likely results in up to two players succeeding Wren as the starting center this fall.
Here’s what Trotter had to say about the battle at center in Norman, Okla.
“Center has emerged as the most hotly contested position battle on an OU offense that appears to be loaded again, even without Mayfield. One-time starter Jonathan Alvarez, who redshirted last year, has re-emerged as a contender at center following a strong spring. But highly touted redshirt freshman Creed Humphrey continues to push for the starting role.”
Tight battle expected for Oklahoma starting center position
Alvarez, a rising redshirt senior, was originally recruited by the Sooners as a 2-star prospect and the No. 124 tackle in the Class of 2014, per the 247Sports composite rankings. Humphrey came to Oklahoma as a 4-star prospect and the No. 3 overall center in the Class of 2017.
Both have the credentials to emerge as the team’s starter. The verdict should clear once the Sooners return to the field for preseason practice.
But for now, it remains up for debate who will win the job.