OL Savage provides safety net for Sooners

The outlook at one position can change in a heartbeat.

Oklahoma learned that heading into the 2012 season as it watched interior lineman drop like flies, turning one of the deepest positions on the roster into one of the thinnest spots by season’s end.

The commitment of Dionte Savage (Yuma, Ariz/Arizona Western) is a sign the Sooners don’t want to see their numbers crippled by injury and defections for a second straight season in 2013.

Center appears set with Gabe Ikard and Ty Darlington providing a quality 1-2 duo. But guard could be an issue with Nila Kasitati and Tyler Evans returning from knee injuries and Adam Shead and Bronson Irwin looking to return to full strength after ending 2012 with various nagging injuries.

Savage, a junior college transfer, provides solid insurance if any of those four guards struggle to return to their previous form, and it will create competition for playing time even if they do return to good health.

Regardless, expect Savage to become a core member of OU’s short yardage and goal-line packages, as physical run blocking is his forte’ at 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds. His ability to engulf defenders will be a welcome sight for the Belldozer (Blake Bell) and the rest of OU’s short-yardage ball carriers.