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Tale of two sides: Offensive line settled prior to Tulsa

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Dru Brown celebrates with the offensive line after throwing a touchdown pass during the Oklahoma State vs. Kansas football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

It’s two different worlds when it comes to the offensive line, one side full of veterans, and another with youth.

The left side of the offensive line has Josh Sills and Teven Jenkins, who have plenty of experience around great offenses.

The right side is young and on the rise with Hunter Anthony looking to start at right tackle after earning playing time last year, and Cole Birmingham getting the start as a redshirt freshman at right guard.

The mix and match is one thing, but it comes on both sides of the ball, coach Mike Gundy knows as well that they are young but will learn from practices and games this season.

“They’re learning on the run,” Gundy said. “We have moved some guys around some so we might balance that out based on where we’re at as the game moves on.”

Anthony, a redshirt sophomore, played his freshman year starting some games at right tackle but is now at right guard.

As someone who will look to be a starter moving forward in his career, Gundy is already noticing the change in Anthony in the physical sense.

“His body’s in better shape now and natural progression and maturity for him, seeing more defenses and spending another 12 months in the weight room has really helped him,” Gundy said.

Gundy is looking to see his lineman move forward even though he has the starting job from here on out.

“He’s a guy you look at and say if you’re in the lineup for six or seven games, you should play considerably different from the first of November then you will be in September,” Gundy said. “That would be a normal progression from a young offensive lineman.”

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