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More than just a center

NORMAN, Okla. — Shortly after starting center Ben Habern concluded his career due to lingering neck and back injuries, head coach Bob Stoops suggested at the August Sooner Caravan that the offensive line would be fine.

He had full confidence in the entire unit, and there was a reason why. That reason was Gabe Ikard, who shifted over from guard to center the year before when Habern suffered a broken wrist and proved more than capable of doing so. Ikard did so again in 2012 and anchored an offense that's amassed more than 6,000 yards of total offense, including 505.9 yards per game and 59 touchdowns. "He's...

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