The Oklahoma coaching staff announced on Thursday that Sooner guard Alex Dalton will miss the season after suffering a knee injury before fall camp.
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Dalton, who came to Oklahoma as a 4-star member of the 2014 class, has seen time in the rotation over the last two seasons, and made his first start at guard against Houston.
It’s always tough to see a player suffer a season-ending injury, but loss of Dalton shouldn’t impact the Sooner’s ambitions this fall. They boast one of the best offensive lines in the country. Led by standout left tackle Orlando Brown, Oklahoma will return seven players with starting experience.
The Sooners don’t just have a plethora of talent, they also have versatility with guys able to play multiple positions along the line. Juniors Ben Powers and Dru Samia will likely start at guard, and in Dalton’s absence, Jonathan Alvarez and Cody Ford will be left to man the rotation. But that can also change offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh finds the combination he likes best.
Dalton redshirted his freshman year in 2014, and due to the 5-year clock, he will have one year of eligibility remaining after this season. However, since the injury came before the season and he’s already burned his redshirt, he may be able to apply for a medical hardship waiver. Commonly referred to as a medical redshirt, it would give him a sixth year of eligibility. In order to qualify for a 6th year of eligibility though, he will most likely have to enroll in post-graduate classes.