Oklahoma mailbag: Right tackle gets Sooners’ spring attention
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Scott Cunningham asks who will fill Orlando Brown’s position on the offensive line?
Something that should be watched closely during the spring game Saturday is the Sooners’ offensive line play. Over the last three seasons, the Sooners have recruited that position better than any other.
It’s no secret Orlando Brown’s former spot at left tackle will be filled by Bobby Evans. He’s making the move from right tackle. A position battle worth watching on Saturday is the right tackle spot.
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has tried freshman Adrian Ealy and junior Quinn Mittermeier at right tackle this spring. Two players to watch are junior Dru Samia and Cody Ford. Samia started at right tackle as a freshman in 2015.
Ford, a sophomore, is an interesting move. The deepest spot on Oklahoma’s roster is at guard. Ben Powers and Samia have a ton of experience and talent. Ford was the odd man out there last season.
Through the spring, Bedenbaugh likes what he’s seen from Ford at tackle.
“He does a good job out there. We’ll see as time continues to go on but he’s one of our best five guys that’s got to get on the field, whether that’s putting Dru at tackle or him at tackle right now,” Bedenbaugh said. “But I like what he’s doing. He’s playing guard or tackle. Right now I’m experimenting with some different combinations but I like what he’s doing right now.”
Things could change when the Sooners add freshman Brey Walker and Darrell Simpson along with junior college transfer Tramonda Moore in June. But it looks like Ford or Samia will likely move to tackle this season.