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Bill Bedenbaugh’s offensive line getting acclimated

The 2024 season for the Oklahoma Sooners will be defined by how well the offensive line plays. Oklahoma has a five-star quarterback taking the reigns in Jackson Arnold, a deep wide receiver room, and a running back in Gavin Sawchuk, who closed the season with five straight 100-yard games.

But along the offensive line, Sooners are replacing five starters from last season.

They do return Jacob Sexton, who started the last few games, and Troy Everett, who started a couple of games in the middle of the season. Even though they’ve added transfer players with starting experience like Spencer Brown, Geirean Hatchett, Michael Tarquin and Febechi Nwaiwu, there are still jobs up for grabs.

Bill Bedenbaugh has made it clear in his career he will start the best five. So, what these guys did previously doesn’t matter. That means even some of the young guys like Daniel Akinkunmi will get a look.

Akinkunmi shared what it’s been like being around the other offensive linemen so far. “Getting to know those guys is amazing,” Akinkunmi said. “I absolutely love every single one of them. I feel like we are just getting closer and closer as the weeks go by. I feel like we are all close because we are all different and have different backgrounds.”

Akinkunmi said that hasn’t stopped the competition because having a strong offensive line group is important. As for the thing he was looking for most, as spring ball started on Monday? To show people what he can do and prove the doubters wrong.

Akinkunmi has quickly become one of my favorite recruits. I’m not sure he will see much playing time this season. He may need a year or two to develop. But with his mindset, I wouldn’t put anything past him.

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