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November 13, 2012

Line getting healthy

NORMAN — One aspect of Oklahoma’s victory over Baylor that shouldn’t be overlooked was that it came with a patched together offensive line. Center Gabe Ikard missed the game with a concussion and tackle Lane Johnson didn’t start due to an ankle injury.

OU coach Bob Stoops said at his press conference on Monday that the line should be healthier when it faces West Virginia on Saturday.

“It’s better,” Stoops said. “I believe, I’m expecting to have Gabe Ikard back. He was very close Thursday but didn’t feel that they were ready to clear him. Lane Johnson was better, finished the game. Actually, Lane had a nice game when he was in there. Limited snaps, but did well. He’ll be improved.”

Guard Bronson Irwin played the entire game, but has been fighting an ankle injury since mid October. Guard Adam Shead limped off the field after Blake Bell’s touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Stoops said Shead will be held out of practice on Monday and Tuesday, but expects him to play against the Mountaineers.

“I think we’ll have all those guys ready to go,” he said.

Turnover issues: The Sooners have only come up with one turnover in the last three games. There was frustration from the Baylor game because OU couldn’t come up with an interception when the Bears threw the 33 times.

“It’s just about making plays,” safety Javon Harris said. “A lot of balls are being thrown; the past few weeks, really wide outside. Really going at the corners and trying to get deep balls. Really trying to stay away from the middle, from what I’ve noticed. They can’t stay away from us too long, so hopefully we get some more chances to get turnovers.”

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