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OU's O-line depth takes a hit after backup booted from team

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma's already shaky depth in the offensive line took another hit Friday when Alex Williams was kicked off the team.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told the Tulsa World that Williams was no longer with the team.

Williams was a backup at guard behind projected starters Stephen Good and Brian Simmons coming out of spring practice.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from New Orleans played in six games as a backup last season. Coaches had hoped he would challenge for a starting position somewhere on a rebuilding offensive line that will feature four news starters.

"Alex Williams won't be back with us," Stoops told the World. "He's not doing what he needs to do. I'm not going to renew his scholarship and he's going to transfer somewhere."

Trent Williams is the Sooners' only returning starter along the offensive line, which will protect returning Heisman Trophy quarterback Sam Bradford during the upcoming season.

Stoops obviously wasn't happy with Alex Williams' progression, but it makes the Sooners' biggest question mark a little more troublesome heading into fall practice.