- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Oklahoma could use some young depth along its offensive interior. Its 2013 interior offensive line looks strong but the situation at guard after the upcoming season is layered with question marks.
The Sooners are hoping redshirting freshman Kyle Marrs can develop into an anchor at guard. A high school tackle, Marrs has spent the past five months making the transition to the offensive interior.
“Kyle is doing good,” said guards/centers coach James Patton, noting that Marrs had earned scout team player of the week on at least one occasion. “He’s a young guy who needs to continue to develop, [OU strength coach] Coach [Jerry] Schmidt is really changing his body, he’s lost some weight and is starting to tighten up his body.”
Going against the Sooners No. 1 defense during practice has proven to be invaluable for the 6-foot-5, 320 pounder.
“His feet are better, his technique is better because he’s going against those guys every day,” Patton said. “It’s making him better.”
That improvement has been noticed by teammates. Starting guard Adam Shead, who didn’t get to see much of Marrs during the season, noticed the freshman’s improvement during bowl practices, when the freshmen got a lot more reps with the regular contributors.
“Kyle has come a very long way,” said Shead, a two-year starter. “His footwork is as good as anybody else’s. He’s done a really good job and he’s playing harder, he’s really coming along.”
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