Ranking the Most Important on Offense: No. 20

Sooners Illustrated continues the countdown of most crucial offensive players with Wednesday's version.

No. 20:

Player: Austin Haywood

Position: Backup tight end

The rundown: He played in 11 games last season, primarily in a special teams role, where he recorded three tackles. Two of those were in the Baylor game. And that was basically all Sooner fans got to see of him in 2010, given the rotation of James Hanna and Trent Ratterree at tight end. In the Spring Game, however, he showcased some of the talent Sooner fans want to see in him, with a pair of catches for 33 yards.

Expectations for 2011: It's hard not to put Haywood higher on the list given his potential contributions for the upcoming season. His 6-foot-3, 239-pound frame coupled with his abilities give him a chance to fight for playing time with starter James Hanna. He could provide the Sooners with another solid option at tight end and see the field for a lot of snaps if he maximizes his potential. Haywood is all set to be the tight end of the future, and that starts this year.

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No. 25: David Driskill

No. 24: Adam Shead

No. 23: Daryl Williams

No. 22: Austin Woods

No. 21 (b.): Sheldon McClain

No. 21 (a.): Justin McCay

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