Ranking the Most Important on Offense: No. 23

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

No. 23:

Player: Daryl Williams

Position: Backup left tackle

The rundown: Williams comes in at the 23rd spot as another guy who redshirted last year. Prior to that, the Lake Dallas Texas High School product was a four-star recruit and the 19th ranked offensive tackle in the country. That was because he picked up 38 pancake blocks his senior year in not allowing a single sack. And he's polished up his skills to move into the reserve blind side tackle spot.

Expectations for 2011: Wily veteran Donald Stephenson stands as the starter for quarterback Landry Jones at the left tackle position. So, as with a lot of the backups, playing time won't be at a premium for Williams at that position. But the loss of Jarvis Jones for the first couple months of the season allows him to step into the competition on the right side. This offensive line unit is going to be vastly improved from recent years, and his maturation is a reason for that. He'll help the unit in that he'll force the starters to compete at a higher level.

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