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2014 Oklahoma Sooners Football Preview | Offensive Line

Jonathan Daniel

With question marks around Oklahoma's running backs, receivers, and even quarterbacks, the one thing that seems to at least be sure is that the Sooners are stout at the offensive line where they have 107 career starts returning.

2014 Oklahoma Sooners Offensive Linemen

#

Name

Position

HT

WT

Year

Hometown

68

Alvarez, Jonathan

G

6-3

316

Fr.

Mesquite, Texas (Horn HS)

75

Evans, Tyler

G

6-5

339

RSr.

Strafford, Mo. (Strafford HS)

53

Feo, TonyClick here to hear it

G

6-3

300

RSr.

Pago Pago, American Samoa (Fullerton College)

65

Hardaway, Nick

G

6-2

297

So.

Moore, Okla. (Westmoore HS)

64

Hartsook, DylanClick here to hear it

G

6-5

312

RSo.

Midwest City, Okla. (Choctaw HS)

52

Hughes, John-Philip

G

6-3

276

RJr.

Tulsa, Okla. (Edison HS)

54

Kasitati, NilaClick here to hear it

G

6-4

315

RJr.

Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)

66

Nolan, Riley

G

6-0

278

RSo.

Norman, Okla. (Missouri Southern State)

77

Savage, Dionte

G

6-4

343

Sr.

Flint, Mich. (Arizona Western )

74

Shead, AdamClick here to hear it

G

6-4

339

RSr.

Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)

63

Dalton, Alex

C

6-4

282

Fr.

Troy, Ohio (Troy HS)

56

Darlington, Ty

C

6-2

286

Jr.

Apopka, Fla. (Apopka HS)

78

Brown, Orlando

T

6-8

340

Fr.

Duluth, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

70

Daimler, ChristianClick here to hear it

T

6-7

300

RFr.

Houston, Texas (Stratford HS)

72

Farniok, DerekClick here to hear it

T

6-9

329

RJr.

Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington HS)

73

Frison, KenyonClick here to hear it

T

6-6

285

Fr.

Salt Lake City, Utah (Granger HS)

76

Grant, Sam

T

6-7

281

RSo.

North Royalton, Ohio (St. Edward HS)

69

Paul, Joseph

T

6-4

374

Fr.

New Orleans, La. (Saint Augustine HS)

55

St. John, JosiahClick here to hear it

T

6-6

300

RJr.

Toronto, Canada (Trinity Valley CC)

71

Thompson, Tyrus

T

6-5

336

RSr.

Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville HS)

79

Williams, Daryl

T

6-6

329

RSr.

Lake Dallas, Texas (Lake Dallas HS)

The biggest shift on Oklahoma's offensive line comes at the center position where junior Ty Darlington takes over for the graduated Gabe Ikard. He played in nine games in 2012, including the first start of his career against Baylor, and then saw action against Texas Tech, Notre Dame, and Louisiana-Monroe in 2013. While the Sooners lose the veteran leadership of Ikard, they do have a strong replacement in Darlington who is stepping in with game experience.

Junior Nila Kasitati is most likely going to step in for Bronsin Irwin, who also graduated from last year's squad, and again brings experience to the position. He played in four games during the 2012 season and then started seven of the thirteen games of 2013.

The best news for Oklahoma is that they are replacing their graduated positions with experienced veterans to go along with seniors Adam Shead (LG), Daryl Williams (RT), and Tyrus Thompson (LT). The Sooners will feature what should be the top offensive line in the conference and, unlike the receivers and running backs, experience isn't an issue. However, depth may be.

Freshman Alex Dalton backs up Darlington at center, making it a position where they can ill afford to suffer an injury. The comeback story of the year is Tyler Evans who will rotate in at the guard positions to provide experienced depth but after him there is a ton of potential and little experience.

It goes without saying that everything starts upfront for the offense. While Trevor Knight settles into his second season he'll have new faces at running back and receiver to get adjusted with but he will have the luxury of a fantastic security blanked in a seasoned offensive line.