September 28, 2006

Patton finding success with young talent

The offensive line has undergone a major upgrade when compared the beginning of the 2005 season at Oklahoma. The line has proven quite a bit in the early going, but they also face their stiffest challenge to date when they face Texas in two weeks. The production from the offensive line is surprising when the youth factor is taken into account.

Duke Robinson, Branndon Braxton and Brandon Walker are all first-time starters, but the line continues to play well. Chase Beeler stepped up to the front of the line last Saturday and started against Middle Tennessee State. SoonerScoop.com Editor Carey Murdock caught up with James Patton and Beeler to get their takes on the progress of the offensive line and the youth movement going on at Oklahoma.

JAMES PATTON

SoonerScoop.com: You played Chase Beeler against Middle Tennessee for most of the game last Saturday. How did he perform?
James Patton:
He played championship level, he did. He played really good for a first time starter in there. He was a young guy, a freshman and he played well. His snaps were good and he had a little bit of a late snap on one where we got a procedure call. But other than that, it was a real good test for him.

SS.com: You were able to get some time for other young guys like Cory Brandon>, how did they perform?
Patton:
Trent Williams also played so both those true freshman tackles played. We've been challenging those guys, the first couple of weeks here because they did a good job in the preseason and they kind of leveled off when the season started. We've been challenging them to practice better and get them a chance to play because we're going to need those guys. It's a long season and guys get banged up. We're going to need them for depth.

They did a nice job. They went in there and played with great effort. They made a couple of mistakes but we've watched film and they'll learn from that and that will keep them going here during practices.

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