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OU football: Sooners offensive line starting to come together

Bobby Evans

Redshirt junior offensive lineman Bobby Evans practices before the game against Army Sept. 22.

Bill Bedenbaugh takes the blame.

The Sooners' offensive line coach said Monday that Oklahoma's two plays at the goal line against Army that both resulted in no gain, were on him. Other than those two plays, in the limited time the offense was on the field, Bedenbaugh thought the offensive line had maybe its best performance this season.

"I've got to scheme better that's the biggest lesson. It's not on those guys, I've got to do a better job with putting them in positions to be successful," Bedenbaugh said. "For the most part up front we played pretty well up front and that was good because if we didn't, it would have been a worse outcome.

"For all of them, this is the best game — with the right mentality, the right finish, all those things. It doesn't really matter who you're playing, that's how you've always got to play."

Oklahoma's offensive line has been up and down thus far this season. Losing Orlando Brown and Erick Wren meant some changes up front. Bobby Evans moved to left tackle, Cody Ford moved to right tackle and redshirt freshman Creed Humphrey won the starting center position.

Evans and Ford, despite moving positions, have been two of the most consistent pieces up front for the Sooners. 

"I know there's definitely some things I need to get better at," Ford said. "But I think it's pretty much all come together. The biggest part for me is just being healthy."

Along with Bedenbaugh, Ford and Evans agreed their performance against Army was by far their best of the season. However, each of them also agreed that there is room for improvement.

"Coach B always says there's something to improve on," redshisrt junior left tackle Bobby Evans, "so it's not really hard to find something."

Oklahoma's offensive line has been a staple the past few season, often one of the best units on the entire team. This year, while they lost a couple key members, they seem to be on pace for that again.

And it starts with their mentality to be the best. Ford says they embrace being offensive linemen and that's the first step in being a great one. 

"You can't just have an ordinary mentality. Playing on the offensive line is a lifestyle, and we know that when playing this position... My day-to-day is being an offensive lineman.

"I attack everything I do."

Oklahoma will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m. to face Baylor. 

George Stoia joined The Daily in the fall of 2016 as a sophomore and has covered the soccer team, both men's and women's basketball, as well as the football team for the past three years. He graduates in May 2020.

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