With Oklahoma set to open preseason practice next Wednesday, the Sooners are facing some uncertainty on its offensive line. Junior offensive tackle Christian Daimler, who was battling for a starting spot, has an undisclosed leg injury that could keep him sidelined until late August.
“You know, Daimler got hurt, so that kind of shook some things up,” said assistant offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. “I mean, he had as good of a spring since I’ve been here. And that’s been with him since I’ve been here, and he was having a really good summer.
“I mean, his body looked good. He was moving really good, really as confident as I’ve seen him. That’s always been his problem, is his confidence. He’s got talent, but he, you know, coming out of the spring had as much confidence as I had seen in him. So, now we’re just going to have to move some more guys around. It’s just part of the deal.”
There was talk that if the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Daimler could claim the right tackle spot that sophomore Dru Samia could move to guard. Samia played tackle last season, making nine starts.
“It’s going to hurt because he needed reps, just like any of our guys right now since we’re [inexperienced],” Bedenbaugh said of Daimler being sidelined.