DanielBurton (70) – Freshman (Oklahoma City, OK) 6-foot-5, 302 pounds
Dika will not play for the Cyclones this season after recovering from multiple injuries on his knee in the past. He had two ACL injuries in consecutive seasons, the latest coming last spring that forced him to sit through all of last season. The junior’s knee simply can’t handle any more pressure from football.
Potential replacements for left guard are a couple of tackles, Jacob Gannon and Jamison Lalk, and sophomore Oni Omoile.
Omoile wasn’t listed on the spring depth chart. The offensive lineman wears number 77, and saw action against Western Illinois and Kansas after redshirting his freshman year. Despite not being listed in the spring, the coaching staff has been impressed.
“Oni Omoile is really coming on as a player like we anticipated that he would,” [head coach Paul] Rhoads said, “which is really fun to see.”
The right side of the line features the bulk of the skill level, similar at tackle. Ethan Tuftee, like Kyle Lichtenberg, is the only senior in the depth chart. They’ll need to provide stability if they have any hope of protecting their quarterback.
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