Ranking the Most Important on Offense: No. 17

Sooners Illustrated continues on with the countdown of most crucial offensive players.

No. 17:

Player: Drew Allen

Position: Backup quarterback

The rundown: Allen completely separated himself as the clearcut backup to Landry Jones in the Spring Game. He was efficient, going 16-for-29 with a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeJuan Miller, and threw just one interception that was more on the fault of bad route running than his decision making. Allen, in his 6-foot-5, 236-pound frame, showed great poise and displayed his progress on that day by hitting his targets and throwing the ball away when nothing was there.

Expectations for 2011: Given the situation a couple years ago when Sam Bradford went down with a third degree AC sprain in his right shoulder and Jones was thrown into the mix, the Sooner coaches don't take the backup quarterback spot lightly. They get that person ready, and Allen showed in the spring he's prepared for anything. Allen will be the guy should anything happen to Jones. Other than that, his playing time will obviously be limited to blowout situations. But as Sooner Nation knows, it's best to be prepared for the worst.


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

No. 20: Austin Haywood

No. 19 (b.): Bronson Irwin

No. 19 (a.): Stephen Good

No. 18: Marshall Musil

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