Gabe Ikard, Adam Shead take center stage 

August, 1, 2012
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Last week, Oklahoma center Ben Habern espoused how this offensive line figured to be the Sooners’ best in five seasons. Turned out, Habern won’t be a part of it.

Wednesday, Bob Stoops announced that Habern has decided to give up football due to lingering neck and back issues. Habern had undergone neck surgery this offseason to repair a recurring disc problem that had been bothering him since his freshman year. Habern, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, would have been a four-year starter.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesGabe Ikard started seven games at center for the Sooners in 2011.
The silver lining for the Sooners is that they have another proven center in Gabe Ikard. And a rising star in Adam Shead, who will be able to take over for Ikard at left guard.
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