OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who is tasked with creating a blocking scheme to somehow move Nix off his mark, said it’s a task that doesn’t come around much.
Most All-American defensive tackles are a mix of strength and speed. Defensive tackles with the bulk of Nix typically play on Sunday, not Saturday.
“This guy is massive, you know? He’s a big, thick guy. You look at him on film and, hell, he covers up the center. You can’t even see the center. So he presents a challenge,” Bedenbaugh said. “He’s quick, he’s got good hands and they are all very well coached. So yes, it’s a big challenge.”
It will not be a one-on-one battle the Sooners will face. Ikard is an All-American, but he won’t go it alone. Don’t be surprised if OU double teams Nix on every snap Saturday.
“No doubt that Nix is the best in the country, constantly takes two guys to block him,” Ikard said.
It’s very hard to watch a game and train your eyes to not follow the ball. But if you leave them where the ball starts every time OU’s on offense Saturday, there will be a battle worthy of the attention right in the middle of the line of scrimmage.
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