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Former Oklahoma OL Savion Byrd Announces Transfer Portal Destination

The former OU offensive guard announced his future plans on Tuesday evening.

Another former Oklahoma offensive lineman found a new home on Tuesday.

Savion Byrd, who played in eight contests and started four games at left guard in 2023, announced his commitment to SMU.

Byrd will join fellow former OU offensive lineman Nate Anderson, who also committed to SMU this week.

A former top recruit from Duncanville, TX, Byrd lost his starting job on the offensive line to Cayden Green this year, who also left Norman via the transfer portal.

Byrd’s arrival at SMU means the Sooners will have to hit the portal hard to replace the bodies lost along the line of scrimmage.

Left tackle Walter Rouse and right guard McKade Mettauer will run out of eligibility after the Alamo Bowl, and center Andrew Raym and right tackle Tyler Guyton opted out of the bowl game to prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Jacob Sexton already replaced Guyton at right tackle, and is poised to slide back to left tackle next year.

OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh also won the verbal commitment of former Michigan State right tackle Spencer Brown earlier this month, and Troy Everett and Joshua Bates are still on campus to battle for the vacancy at center.

There’s still plenty of work to do to reform the offensive line before the Sooners enter SEC play next year with quarterback Jackson Arnold leading Oklahoma’s offense.