43 starts up front ranks last in the Big 12
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
We saw a tweet from Jake Trotter, an ESPN writer out of Oklahoma, a while ago that had an interesting stat.
"Unreal stat via
@Ivan_Maisel: OU's 43 returning starts on the o-line is now tied for last in the Big 12."
So the Sooners average 8.6 starts per position along their front five, and that's not even enough to crack at least the middle of the pack in the conference?
It's important to note that entering the season, the Sooners returned a combined 102 starts on the offensive line, but have since lost their center (Ben Habern - 30 Starts) and guard (Tyler Evans - 29 starts). With those two guys, they would have ranked seventh the among returning starts in the Big 12. So with those two injuries they lose 59 combined starts and are now tied for dead last in the conference.
Offensive line coach James Patton will be focused on getting some fresh faces ready to take on UTEP in El Paso before coming home to play Florida A&M. After that, they have a week off before entering conference play against Kansas State in Norman.