Injury bug relentless toward offensive line


Oklahoma’s offensive line was supposed to be one of the better units of the 2012 Sooners. However, it seems like the depth of the line is growing thinner by the day.

Let’s recap all the information released basically in the last seven days:

Dylan Dismuke never stepped on to the field, because he was redshirted last season. But at 6-7, 299 lb., Dismuke should have not had too much trouble earning playing time given the opportunity. However, Dismuke injured his knee last December in Oklahoma’s first practice in preparation for the Insight Bowl. The injury has put an end to Dismuke’s career at Oklahoma before it even truly started. Dismuke was a four-star offensive tackle out of Duncan, OK, and ranked 22nd in the nation at his position.

Ben Habern, a name you’re probably more familiar with, also ended his career at Oklahoma. This would have been Habern’s seniro year, but he has been hampered by injuries throughout his entire college career. Habern had a neck surgery this off-season, which was supposed to help Oklahoma’s starting center to return to the field at full strength, but neck, as well as back, issues have ended Habern’s football career. Junior Gabe Ikard will start at center in Habern’s place.

Nila Kasitati has had some big health problems, specifically with his heart. Kasitati has been cleared to play, but still it has been a bit of a scary week for him. Kasitati had a procedure for his heart condition last week, but will be able to return to the field in 2012, and the problem was thankfully never life-threatening. Nila looked happier than ever Saturday at Meet the Sooners Day. Hopefully, Kasitati can come back full strength, and play a key role on the line this season.

– Austin Woods has probably had the roughest summer. Woods was OU’s field goal snapper last season, and should be back in the same role this season. However, Woods was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but it has not stopped him from playing. He only missed one day this summer for a chemotherapy treatment, and kept fighting throughout the off-season. Woods has been cleared to play, and truly has been an inspiration to the team.

– The latest story to come out of Sooner Nation is an apparent injury to Tyler Evans. Evans was on crutches today, according to Sooner Scoop. Evans had an MRI today, and may miss the rest of fall camp. Evans possibly could be back in time for the UTEP game, but per Jake Trotter, Stoops said Evans could have torn a ligament. Not a lot is known about the situation, and we’ll keep updating this one.

– Lastly, John Michael McGee was not at practice today. After tweeting last night “football isn’t for everybody,” there has been speculation McGee is quitting the team. However, Sooner Scoop has confirmed Stoops gave him the day off to decide whether he wants to stay with the team or not. However, it looks like McGee will quit after this tweet wishing the team good luck.