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Thursday, December 13, 2012
State of the position: Offensive tackle

By Brandon Chatmon

After grading the performance of Oklahoma’s offensive tackles in 2012, it is the perfect time to take a closer look at the offensive tackles on the roster or the commitment list as SoonerNation evaluates the future at the offensive tackle position for Oklahoma.

Here’s a look at one player who could be next in line to make a major impact, one player to keep an eye on and one current commitment who could be the future at the offensive tackle position:

Landry Jones, Tyrus Thompson, Jackson Jeffcoat
Oklahoma tackle Tyrus Thompson could step into a bigger role next season.
Next in line: Tyrus Thompson. The redshirt sophomore tackle saw spot duty this season and held his own when asked to step in for Lane Johnson or Daryl Williams as injuries hit the offensive tackle position. Thompson’s emergence last spring -- he actually started the spring game -- helped push Johnson at the left tackle spot and he provided quality depth this season. He should be able to step in as a starter in 2013.

Keep an eye on: Derek Farniok. The redshirt freshman was coming along and developing well after his redshirt season but tackles coach Bruce Kittle said he wasn’t quite ready to help the Sooners in 2012. Then the injury bug hit and Farniok was thrown into the fire, particularly in short yardage situations. He played well in his limited time on the field and looks poised to provide quality depth in 2013.

On the trail: TBD. The Sooners have a commitment from Tulsa (Okla.) Union prospect Dalton Rodriguez, who is expected to play offensive tackle. Nonetheless, OU needs to land some prospects at offensive tackle.

Summary: The Sooners should feel pretty good about the young tackles they have on campus led by Williams. Immediate help at offensive tackle is not required but OU definitely needs to increase the depth and overall competition at the position because after Williams, Thompson and Farniok, some major questions arise.