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March 30, 2014

O-line’s cohesion begins in the spring

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NORMAN —

The spring is when you find out the best available options for each scenario.

In the Sugar Bowl that meant shifting guard Bronson Irwin from right guard to right tackle and moving Daryl Williams from right tackle to the left side. The move worked out well because Dionte Savage was ready to start at guard.

Irwin graduated and Williams is working at both tackle spots this spring. Williams, who will be a senior next season, likens it to building another job skill.

“That’s one of my goals because the NFL likes that,” Williams said. “In the Sugar Bowl Tyrus got hurt. If the team needs me it’s good always to be versatile.”

This spring OU is experimenting with Nila Kasitati, a starting guard, at center. It isn’t an effort to supplant Darlington at the starting spot. There has to be a secondary option. The more spots an offensive lineman can play, the more possibilities there are.

Kasitati said learning the center spot, which requires calling out the defensive alignments and adjusts to blocking schemes accordingly, is an eye-opener. Better to get that over with in March and April than October or November.

“This is a time to grow,” Kasitati said. “If someone goes down, someone has to be able to fill in.”

The spring is when those contingency plans take shape.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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