August 6, 2007

OLine must carry the offense early

There are very few answers to the quarterback position after a few days of practice this fall. But what is known is that OU should have an offensive line capable of dominating defensive fronts week in and week out. Editor Carey Murdock caught up with James Patton to get his thoughts on the offensive line after a few days of spring practices and the development of several youngsters. I was watching the Texas A&M-OU game on ESPNU the other night and just looking at the differences in the first and second halves of that game. It seemed like you had quite a few up-and-down performances from your offensive line over the last half of the season last year.

Is that the message to this young offensive line during the fall? To maintain that consistency of being dominant for four quarters?
James Patton:
No question, consistency's the key. What you're just saying there - it's a mindset and how we play. I think every line position in the conference in the conference, or in college or in pro football wants to be physical. That's a tempo that you set and a couple of times last year, like you said, maybe we're a little banged up or maybe we lost someone to a stinger somewhere, but again, the mindset is to go out every week.

Like you said, Nebraska, shoot a couple of those d-lineman were top picks with Carriker and those guys and they were a good front.

But the challenge is to go out every week and play your best and play your most physical.

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