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Ben Habern, C

School: Oklahoma  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Argyle, TX
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Player Lowdown

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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

Habern is an intelligent, technically sound player with the grit and aggressive nature to get his hands dirty. Even with all the injuries, he hasn't lost his tenacious motor and is one of the toughest players in college football. Habern needs to stay healthy as a senior in order to get drafted as high as his talent warrants, but that's easier said than done.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Although he might not start the 2012 season because of off-season surgery, Habern is the best center in the conference. But after missing several games over his career with a laundry list of injuries, durability will be a big question for pro scouts.

Habern was a four-star center recruit out of Texas, but didn't receive a scholarship offer from the Longhorns and ended up signing with the Sooners.

He played in three games as a freshman in 2008, but suffered an ankle injury and took a redshirt year. Habern returned in 2009 and started 10 games at center before another season-ending ankle injury put him on the shelf.

He stayed healthy in 2010 as a sophomore and started all 14 games, leading offensive linemen in snaps played. Habern started the 2011 season as the starting center, but missed five games due to a right arm injury that required surgery.

He finished his junior year on the field, but required off-season neck surgery and was held out of spring practice this year and he might not be at full health to begin the 2012 season.

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08/05/2012 - In July, Habern landed on the All-Big 12 first team. He made numerous national award watch lists like the Rimington Award, given to the nation's top offensive center. The problem with all of Habern's football accolades coming before the start of his senior season, was Gabe Ikard knew something few others did - Habern's career was likely over. Ikard and Habern have become close over the last two years. Ikard stepped in for Habern for seven games last season, after OU's starting center was lost with a broken forearm against Missouri. In fact, Ikard joined Habern this July on that All-Big 12 first team as an offensive lineman. Ikard and Habern worked side-by-side all summer, all the while becoming even closer. But each and every day, Ikard saw the pain Habern was going through. His neck surgery wasn't prolonging his career, it was ending it. "A couple times during workouts, I could just see it in his eyes where he was just in pain," said Ikard who will take over Habern's role as the starting center in 2012. "It was one of those things where he'd share how he was actually feeling with me. I knew he was hurting a lot and I knew it was a discomfort all the time. He's played with injuries before. He's played with a lot of pain and I was hoping he'd be able to play again." Habern walked into Dallas' Westin Galleria and looked like a man ready to take on the world. But when he got back home, he knew he wasn't. He knew he was going to hang up his cleats for good. "He's one of the toughest guys I know," said Ikard. "Once he let me know he wasn't going to play, I was taken back." - Carey Murdock, SoonerScoop.com

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