It is no secret, that the offensive line has not lived up to expectations, in particular in the run game. The Oklahoma Sooners once again did not average at least five yards per carry something they have said is a goal.
During the win against Tulsa, starting left guard Savion Byrd went out with an injury. It’s still unclear what that injury is and how long he will be out for. True freshman Cayden Green Troy Everett filled in for Byrd.
Green has primarily been playing left tackle but with Jacob Sexton returning to action, Green moved to guard.
Green said he was made aware of the change early last week.
“I got called in for a meeting with Coach B (Bedenbaugh), and I didn’t really know what it was about, and then he told me Monday. And I was kind of like, ‘Oh okay,” Green said. “As soon as I left the meeting, I had just gotten out of class so I went straight to work.”
Green performed fairly well in his first action at left guard. He’s someone I thought could be in for a move to guard if all went well.
Green said there are some differences with the position switch. “I think schematically they’re about the same,” Green said. “But I think technique-wise and speed of the game-wise, everything happens a lot faster closer to you.”
While it will be a challenge for Green to learn a new position during the season, if he’s able to handle it, it could pay big dividends for the Sooners going forward.
The unfortunate thing for Green is his second game playing a new position will be against one of the best defensive tackles in the nation, Dontay Corleone.