OU football: For 18 Sooners, Saturday will be their last on Owen Field

Eighteen Sooners will play their last game on Owen Field on Saturday.

Senior night will honor players who have had a big impact on the program, including running back Rodney Anderson, offensive linemen Ben Powers and Dru Samia, kicker Austin Siebert and more.

"With it being this team's last time in this stadium, these seniors' last game here on Owen Field - it's just very, very important to us to finish this thing off the right way," Riley said.

Two redshirt seniors, fullback Carson Meier and linebacker Curtis Bolton, have had a breakout year in their final season as Sooners.

Before this season, Bolton had made appearances in 20 games for Oklahoma, recording a total of 16 tackles. In his redshirt sophomore season, he played mostly on special teams, and last year he suffered a season-ending ankle injury after the Sooners' game against Baylor.

This year has gone differently for Bolton. He beat out Caleb Kelly for the starting job at WILL linebacker and has made 100 total tackles. Bolton has also become a vocal leader for the defense.

Bolton said he is glad he got to show what he can do on the field in his last season, and he thinks of himself as an inspiration to other players in his situation.

"Hard work doesn't go unnoticed. What's done in the dark is going to come to the light," Bolton said. "And you know, even though I didn't play in my first few years, my preparation didn't change, my grind didn't change."

Meier has also seen his patience turn into playing time this season after sitting behind Dimitri Flowers and playing mostly on special teams in previous seasons. Meier said that doing all the little things right is what has paved the way for his success this season, where he's made 10 receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

"It's crazy how fast time flies," Meier said. "As a freshman - a lot of the older guys say it flies by and make the most of it - as a freshman, you kind of shake it off and say whatever. Being a senior now, it really does."

Though the season may not be over yet, Saturday against Kansas will mark the beginning of the end. As an Oklahoma native, Meier said he dreamed about playing in front of the more than 85,000 fans at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium as a kid, and he's going to savor his last chance to do that this weekend.

"It's going to be emotional," Meier said. "I'll try and hide it the best I can, but at some point in that game - whether it is before it starts or when it's over with - it's going to hit me that it's my last time I played at Owen Field in front of all those incredible fans out there. It's going to be tough. I'm looking forward to it. But it's going to be tough."

Take a look at all 18 players who will be honored:

Offensive lineman Jonathan Alvarez

Running back Rodney Anderson

Wide receiver Nick Basquine

Linebacker Curtis Bolton

Fullback Joe Castiglione, Jr.

Quarterback Reece Clark

Offensive lineman Alex Dalton

Safety Kahlil Haughton

Wide receiver Sam Iheke

Fullback Carson Meier

Offensive lineman Quinn Mittermeier

Wide receiver Chase Nevel

Offensive lineman Ben Powers

Offensive lineman Dru Samia

Kicker Austin Seibert

Running back Marcelias Sutton

Wide receiver Myles Tease

Wide receiver Reggie Turner