Gabe Ikard learns in Ben Habern's absence

Ben Habern's absence during spring football has proven to be a positive for Gabe Ikard. Habern, Oklahoma’s starting center, missed spring drills due to a neck injury, forcing Ikard to take all of his reps at center instead of guard, his primary position.

“I’m responsible for getting all the calls made and people are relying on me on offense,” Ikard said. “I’ve had to study the game and little more and it’s paid off for me.”

The increased responsibility was something Ikard was able to handle with relative ease.

“Playing center helps you understand the game even more,” said Ikard, an All-Big 12 first-teamer who also excels in the classroom. “It helps me learn the offense even more; I’m beginning to see things before they happen.”