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April 27, 2014

Sooner O-line still has some growing pains



OU wants to be a more physical offense next season, one that relies heavily on running the ball and improves on the 5.2 yards per carry it averaged.

“I don’t think it’s the total number of yards, which a lot of people get caught up in that. I think it’s more yards per carry and being efficient in the run game. I think that’s the most important thing,” Bedenbaugh said. “We want to average, and I haven’t talked to the guys about it, but we want to average 5.5 and higher. If we can do that — not just overall yards per game but the average yards per carry would be one of the tops in the country.”

The offensive line’s ability will largely decide whether OU can exceed the lofty expectations established for this offense.

Bedenbaugh doesn’t believe the Sooners are anywhere near where they need to be. It’s April, and that feeling is not surprising. The finished product doesn’t take the field until August.

“You want to build chemistry and continuity, but those guys have been playing together for a long time and we still have 29 practices in the fall and in the summer and they’ll go through the summer together,” Bedenbaugh said. “I don’t foresee any issue like that.”

John Shinn

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