Commitment from OT Spencer Brown opens Sooners’ offensive line rebuild

Commitment from OT Spencer Brown opens Sooners’ offensive line rebuild

The Sooners have work to do on the offensive line in 2024. They got started Wednesday night with the addition of the 6-foot-6, 315-pound transfer from Michigan State.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Dec 6, 2023, 8:45pm CST

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Dec 6, 2023, 8:45pm CST

NORMAN — Veteran offensive tackle Spencer Brown became the first transfer commit of Oklahoma’s 2024 offseason Wednesday night.

And so, the Sooners’ offensive line rebuild ahead of the program’s jump to the SEC began.

Brown, a Michigan State transfer who began his college career in 2019, was a priority for OU and picked the Sooners over USC and Ole Miss, among others. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound lineman holds one year of remaining eligibility and brings experience at a position of need on Bill Bedenbaugh’s offensive line. Brown, the No. 7 transfer tackle per 247Sports, will complete his sixth college season next fall. 

Brown comes to Norman with 24 career starts having been the Spartans’ primary right tackle since the 2021 Peach Bowl. A two-time redshirt in 2019 and 2020, he saw his first significant action through eight games during the 2021 season. Brown was the 23rd-ranked offensive tackle in the 2019 class out of Walled Lake Western (Michigan) High School.

Securing Brown’s commitment gives OU an initial building block up front as the Sooners prepare to field a reshaped offensive line in 2024.

Set to lose tackles Walter Rouse (eligibility) and Tyler Guyton (draft-eligible junior), along with guard McKade Mettauer (eligibility), OU will be down at least three starters from the 2023 offensive line, which finished the regular season 30th in sacks allowed.

Center Andrew Raym, who has not yet indicated his plans for 2024, could represent a fourth starter missing. The portal departures of Savion Byrd and Nate Anderson earlier this week took another hack to the Sooners’ offensive line depth. Like Rouse and Mettauer, guard Caleb Shaffer is another former transfer who is out of eligibility after this season.

That turnover across the front five is the reason why the Sooners were so keen on Brown and the reason they’ve been so active pursuing blocking talent in the early days of the portal market. Other offensive linemen OU has targeted this week include Michigan State’s Geno VanDeMark, Florida’s Jalen Farmer and North Texas’ Febechi Nwaiwu. 

Brown will immediately contend for a starting role along existing OU tackles Cayden Green and Jacob Sexton. Inside, the Sooners have work to do internally and in the portal with replacements likely at both guard spots. Raym’s return would provide stability at center with versatile lineman Troy Everett a favorite to take over snapping duties if Raym heads elsewhere. 

OU has a critical offensive line rebuild on its hands starting down a schedule filled with SEC defensive lines next fall. The project started Wednesday with Brown now headed for Norman. 

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at [email protected].

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