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March 26, 2013

OU tight end back from injury

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Consistency is the key: OU has two established starting wide receivers with Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard. Those two spots on the outside of the formation are where there is a major competition taking place this spring. Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said Lacoltan Bester, Durron Neal, Trey Metoyer, Jaz Reynolds and Derrick Woods are candidates.

“We’ve got several guys competing right now to be that guy that can line up there every snap and be that example,” Norvell said. “You’ve got Jaz Reynolds as a senior, Lacoltan Bester as a senior and those guys want to play. They don’t want to spend their last year watching everybody else. It’s been very competitive. Durron’s been the same way and Derrick Woods is putting a lot of pressure on a lot of guys because he’s making plays.

That’s the good thing, we have some competition and it’s going to make everybody a little bit more accountable to their performance.”

Limited spring: Center Gabe Ikard is being held out of contact due to a broken right hand. One would think a two-time All-Big 12 performer with 37 career starts under his belt could afford to miss spring practice.

Ikard doesn’t believe so.

“I’m one of those guys that believes nothing good — it doesn’t matter how much football you have played — you don’t want to miss practice because you always want to continue to get better,” he said. “It’s tough, but I’m there for my teammates and I’m working on myself, what I can do and what the trainers will allow me to do. I’m just waiting to get back. I just have to take it slow and be smart and do what’s best for my health and ultimately what is best for the team.”

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