How did Bill Bedenbaugh, OU football rebuild offensive line? Start with transfer portal

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NORMAN — One of OU football’s main concerns and head coach Brent Venables’ focuses entering the offseason was rebuilding the offensive line.

With four veterans headed for the NFL — Tyler Guyton, McKade Mettauer, Andrew Raym and Walter Rouse — the Sooners were always going to be young at the position after 2023. But when talented freshman Cayden Green shockingly transferred to Missouri, Oklahoma’s lack of depth at the position was alarming.

Add on the factors that offensive line is one of the tougher positions for transfers to adapt to and OU enters the SEC in July, one of the most physically demanding conferences in the trenches.

“I mean, it goes without saying we’ve got to do that on the offensive line,” Venables said when asked about adding depth to start spring ball. “We really like the group of guys that we have there.”

Venables and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh were aggressive in the portal. They didn’t land all their desired targets, but earned commitments from Michigan State’s Spencer Brown, Washington’s Geirean Hatchett, North Texas’ Febechi Nwaiwu and USC’s Michael Tarquin.

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In addition to their transfer portal adds, the Sooners signed freshmen Josh Aisosa, Daniel Akinkunmi, Isaiah Autry, Eugene Brooks and Eddy Pierre-Louis.

“Along with the freshmen we brought in,” Venables said, “and then the transfers that we brought in — four freshmen and four transfers — they’re all going to have to play a role. So between Geirean Hatchett and Spencer Brown, Febechi, along with Michael Tarquin and then again, this group of freshmen we brought in, we really like the group guys. They’re smart. It’s an athletic group and they’ve got experience.”

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Publish date : 2024-03-31 10:31:04

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