Ranking the Most Important on Offense: No. 22

Sooners Illustrated now presents the third day of the countdown on the most important offensive players.

No. 22:

Player: Joe Powell

Position: Backup wide receiver

The rundown: Unlike the other two reserve wide receivers on the two-deep depth chart, Powell played rather than redshirting in 2010. But also unlike the other two, he is listed behind star Ryan Broyles at the slot position. That doesn't beg for a lot of playing time for the four-star Skyline High School product, which is a major reason he's likely been shifted to corner in the fall. He's certainly got some skill at receiver, though. Before participating in four games last season, Powell racked up nearly 700 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 40 catches back in 2009. He had similar numbers during his junior year in 2008 when he recorded 42 receptions for 635 yards and eight touchdowns. So, he's got the ability, but just needs the opportunity, and that won't likely come in large part until 2012.

Expectations for 2011: As mentioned, he'd only see limited time at the slot position behind Broyles. Powell will obviously play more often in situations where the Sooners have games wrapped up. It'll be interesting to see where he shakes up on the defensive depth chart, but given the current one, you'd see him occasionally in the slot when Broyles needs a blow.

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