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2017 Oklahoma Sooners Football Countdown To Kickoff | 72 Days!

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Injuries forced Ben Powers into action as a sophomore, and the Kansas native took full advantage of the opportunity.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

We’re 72 days away from FOOTBALL TIME IN OKLAHOMA! Today we give a shoutout to Oklahoma Sooners guard Ben Powers, who forced into action as a sophomore and took full advantage of the opportunity.

Powers, who originally hails from Wichita, came to OU from JUCO football factory Butler CC as a three-star prospect in 2016, choosing the Sooners over Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech. After all of the long offseason battles, Powers began the 2016 season as a reserve behind Cody Ford and Alex Dalton. However, Powers was called into action after Ford was lost for the season with a broken leg.

Powers went on to start in the final 10 games of the 2016 season and seemed to improve with each passing week before eventually earning second-team AP All-Big 12 honors. The 6-4, 314-pound guard will be one of five returning starters up front in 2017, teaming up with Orlando Brown, Dru Samia, Eric Wren and Bobby Evans to form one of the best (if not the best) offensive line units in the nation.