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During the past summer it seemed as if all the news was bad news for Stoops and his Sooners. The worst of the news was the loss of center Ben Habern. Habern was the anchor of the offensive line and had to end his career due to injury.
Gabe Ikard will take over for Habern as he did in the past. Had the bleeding stopped there, the Sooners would have been just fine.
It didn't stop there though. It seemed as if everyday the coaching staff was announcing either an injury or a suspension.
Two days before the loss of Habern, the Sooners learned that junior college transfers Will Latu, an offensive tackle, and receiver Courtney Gardner both failed to qualify academically.
It had already been decided that receivers Trey Franks, Jaz Reynolds and Kameel Jackson would not be on the team after being suspended in the spring. As of today, that is still the case.
More recently, Stoops announced the suspension of defensive tackle Stacy McGee and the loss of offensive lineman Tyler Evans to an ACL tear.
Oklahoma fans are just praying that what is left over is enough to protect Jones and give the running game a few holes to run through.
Against the Miners, a nice goal for the offensive line will be to not allow a sack, keeping Jones' jersey clean.