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OU's Offensive Line - Experience and size.

I've been hearing and reading a lot about OU's inexperienced O-line this off-season.  Most recently in The Elusive Shadow's post.  I started to wonder, considering how much Stoops loved to hammer opponents all the way to the final whistle, how many minutes these guys had played the last couple of years.

I blame growing up as more of a basketball fan than football fan on my interest in the minutes played statistic.

Well, since the minuscule amount of effort I was willing to put into this research failed to turn up anything, here's some info on OU's projected starting line experience:

Trent Williams - Fairly Experienced.  Not going to say anything else.

Brian Simmons - He played in every game in '08 for a total of 421 plays.  That's an average of about 30 snaps a game, not too shabby.  It would appear that while he hasn't been chosen as a starter for his previous few years (he's a Senior) they trusted him enough to contribute.

As The Elusive Shadow said, after those two the experience falls off sharply.

Ben Habern - Played in a total of 3 games in '08.  His efficiency was impressive against Baylor.  He had 9 knockdowns in 9 plays.  Essentially from what I can tell, he's barely played any college football.

Stephen Good - Played in half (7) the games in '08.  Not much else about 2008.

Cory Brandon - Played for a total of 148 snaps in 9 games.  That's an average of 16 snaps in each of the games he saw action in.

As far as size goes, according to Soonersports their respective weights are:

318

318

288

291

310

for a total of 1525 (305 avg.)

This compares with 1555 (311 avg) in '08 and 1612 (322.4 avg) in '07.

Texas' O-line totaled 1550 (310 avg [pdf link]) before Spring started.

I read the FSU SBN blogs post about D-line size (weight) correllating to effectiveness against the defending the run and was wondering if O-line size has any similar correlation.

How will the lack of experience and smaller size change OU's sucess this season?  Most of the commenters over at CC Machine seem to think it won't matter.  What do y'all think?  Anyone care to enlighten me in regards to the importance of size on the O-line rather than D-line?

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