One of the biggest problems with the Oklahoma Sooners offense in 2012 was the sheer amount of injuries and turnovers on the offensive line. Players were in and out of the lineup, being shuffled from one position to another, and that sort of inconsistency is a nightmare for a team like the Sooners that counts on that offensive line so much.
News out of the Sooners spring practice today was that senior starting guard Tyler Evans tore his ACL, the same ACL he tore last year costing him all of last season, after amassing 29 career starts before last season. At this point it’s unsure if Evans will ever play football again, but we can guarantee his season is over. The loss of Evans will put added pressure on senior guard Austin Woods, who will likely have to back up the left and right guard spots until another player emerges.
This pairs poorly with the news that center Gabe Ikard injured his hand in the Sooners second spring practice. Reports are currently that it’s a broken finger, but there is talk that he broke his hand. Granted this injury is nothing like what Evans dealt with, and worse case scenario he misses the spring but will be at full strength for the fall.
My take: The Sooners are on the verge of a new age. The quarterbacks on their roster are all a clear departure from what former starting quarterback Landry Jones brought to the table, and with the possibility of adding a running dimension from the quarterback on a full time basis, having stability from the offensive line is going to be more important than ever. This is terrible news for Evans, and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.