Converted TE Eldridge listed as OU's first-string center

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma's depth chart for Saturday's game against BYU comes with one big surprise as converted tight end Brody Eldridge is listed as the Sooners' starter at center.

He'll replace freshman Ben Habern, who has been hobbled with an inflamed back during fall camp and just returned to practice last week.

Eldridge, a 6-foot-5, 265-pounder, is considered by Oklahoma coaches as the Sooners' top blocker and a key producer. He moved to the offensive line earlier in camp. Eldridge came to the Oklahoma program as a walk-on defensive end before switching to fullback and H-back.

Another switch on the depth chart has former LSU transfer Jarvis Jones beating out sophomore Stephen Good for the starting position at right guard.

Good had been No. 1 on the Sooners' depth chart at the position since the spring. But Jones has been a key contributor in camp and repeatedly pleased Oklahoma coaches at his new position.

Good also has received work at center and could be included with Eldridge at the position if Habern continues to be hampered.

The Sooners' offensive line was thought to be their primary question mark entering the season. Oklahoma returns only starting tackle Trent Williams from the team that dropped a 24-14 decision to Florida in the BCS National Championship Game last year.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had called out the offensive line for its lack of commitment before spring practice. But he said Monday he was pleased with the development of the group in recent weeks.

"I think they have continually come together more and more," Stoops said. "I've noticed the progression and really in the past week, their conditioning after practice is maybe the best of our linemen in the last five or six years. All of that, there's some positives there."

In another development on the Sooners' depth chart, junior Brandon Caleb has nosed past heralded junior college transfer Cameron Kenney at one wide receiver spot. Also, Chris Brown is listed ahead of DeMarco Murray at running back. Murray missed most of the Sooners' early practice work as he recovered from a hamstring injury.

At strong safety, sophomore Sam Proctor appears to have won the job in front of freshman Javon Harris. And freshman Demontre Hurst, one of the revelations of fall camp, is listed as No. 2 at the Sooners' boundary cornerback position behind starter Brian Jackson.