Oklahoma returns one of the nation’s most experienced and talented offensive line groups in 2018, but that isn’t stopping the rich from getting richer.
True freshman Creed Humphrey, a 2017 four-star center from Shawnee (Oklahoma), enrolled early and went through spring practice with the Sooners earlier this year, where he impressed. Now, he’s taking snaps in fall camp with the first-string unit, according to The Oklahoman.
After junior Alex Dalton sustained a season-ending injury earlier this month, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh moved backup center Jonathan Alvarez over to fill the void at right guard. As a result, Humphrey began practicing with the “B” unit at center with senior Erick Wren at center with the “A” group.
On Monday, Humphrey practiced with the first-team and turned some heads, as he has been doing since he arrived in Norman, according to the report.
After Dalton’s injury, Oklahoma returns seven offensive linemen with starting experience in 2018. While the guard and tackle positions may rotate through players as the season progresses, Bedenbaugh will find a permanent starter at center, he said during the spring.
And with the start of the season just 25 days away, it’s time to make some decisions, he told reporters after practice Monday.
“The situation we got in last year, we had two or three guys go down, and we had enough depth, so guys could come in there and play at a high level,” Bedenbaugh said. “So right now, I think probably after this week, we’re gonna have to settle into some things.”