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December 18, 2013

Sooners juggling offensive line with injuries to Thompson, Shead



There’s a lot that seems to point in the direction of Knight. OU center Gabe Ikard said Monday that OU had already started studying the tape from Alabama’s Iron Bowl loss to Auburn. The Crimson Tide gave up 296 rushing yards in that game with quarterback Nick Marshall rushing for 99.

“There’s a mixture of things they did; it wasn’t just zone read. It was just part of what they did,” Heupel said. “They did a good job of executing with their front five guys. Their front did a really good job of getting some movement from the down guys. Then they had some skill guys who could make some plays in space. The quarterback is an explosive player and the running back is as good as they come. They had some special players make some plays.”

Does OU have the same? It if does, it’s been waiting all season for that to come out.

But it has to be two dimensional to have any shot against the Crimson Tide.

“Our No. 1 goal is going to be to able to run the football. That’s been our goal every game this year and the games we haven’t been able to run the football is the games we lost,” center Gabe Ikard said. “It’s not make or break and we’re going to have to take some shots downfield but we’ve got to be able to establish the run or else it’s going to be a long day for us on offense.”

The Sooners have a little over two weeks to figure it out. The Bedlam game showed it has a lot to pick through.

“We used a little bit of everything in the last ballgame,” Heupel said. “Finding who gives us the best chance and the style of offense that gives us the best chance is something we’re gonna continue to work through.”

John Shinn

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