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OSU football: Versatility will be key on offensive line

STILLWATER — As Oklahoma State has learned, it’s difficult for an offensive line to get through an entire season without a player or two being lost to injury.

In fact, three of the team’s projected starters in preseason camp played multiple positions in games last year.

Teven Jenkins played both tackle spots, Ry Schneider played center and guard, and Hunter Anthony played guard and tackle. 

OSU offensive line coach Charlie Dickey always likes to have his players prepared to move to a different position if needed, so that he can mix his best five available players together. 

Graduate transfer Josh Sills, who is expected to start at left guard, has spent time in practice at center and tackle. Backup Hunter Woodard has worked at guard on both sides of the line. And several others have experimented with positions outside of their normal spot.

“Dickey’s got us all ready,” said Anthony, the expected starter at right tackle. “A lot of people can play a lot of positions and a lot of young kids are gonna get opportunities. Hopefully they step up, and you’ll see some new faces out there and I’m sure they’ll do great.”

Anthony also is excited to have his older brother alongside him for the season. A fifth-year senior, Chandler Anthony joined the team as a graduate transfer to help provide depth behind the starters.

“It’s really exciting to have my big brother there,” Hunter said. “He’s got a lot of experience, too. I like being coached by some of the older guys. Having him to help me, and me being able to teach him the offense as well, kind of sharpens my skills.”

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Hunter Anthony, left, and Cole Birmingham, right, block for quarterback Spencer Sanders. [Bruce Waterfield/Courtesy of Oklahoma State athletics]

Hunter Anthony, left, and Cole Birmingham, right, block for quarterback Spencer Sanders. [Bruce Waterfield/Courtesy of Oklahoma State athletics]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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