Stoops doesn't regret calling out his offensive line

March, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

NORMAN, Okla. -- Maybe it was a premeditated thought to shake up his team.

Or maybe just one particular troublesome area.

But Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that nothing special went into his pre-spring blast at what he thought was an underachieving offensive line after the Sooners' winter conditioning drills.

"You know me, I'm not much to sit there and act like everything's great if it isn't," Stoops said. "The bottom line was that I felt like they didn't do very well at all. Other guys before them have done great. They need to perform to that level."

Stoops knocked the work ethic and attitude of his offensive line, which loses four starters from last season and returns only Trent Williams from last season's starting group.

"If they aren't doing it, they don't need to be talked about in a positive way like everybody else," Stoops said. "When you start spring ball you have to talk about the positions. It's either that (boosting them up) or lying. And I'm not much lying or mincing my cabbages. I just put it out because that's how I feel."

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said he's seen improvement in the young line over the first several practices. But the current group's biggest task is to improve its consistency on a daily basis.

"I wouldn't say they really have because we've only had three practices to date," Wilson said Tuesday. "You can get mad at your child and punish and penalize them and they'll do well for the short term. The real deal will be the long term."

Williams has moved to to left tackle where he can protect the blind side of quarterback Sam Bradford. Heralded transfer Jarvis Jones from LSU and returning junior Cory Brandon will battle for the starting job at right tackle.

Sophomore Stephen Good and Brian Simmons are the starters at the guards and redshirt freshman Ben Habern and Jason Hannan are hooked up in a tight battle at center.

"In the short term they've looked very good and physically they are really good," Wilson said. "It's just learning how to come to work and play at a championship level every day. I know they've been in trouble, but we're just asking them to be consistent. We're trying to push them to be consistent."

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