Ranking the Most Important on Offense: No. 12

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners Illustrated nears the Top 10 in its countdown with today's version of the countdown.

No. 12:

Player: James Hanna

Position: Starting tight end

The rundown: Hanna was second on the team last season with seven touchdown receptions. The only player with more was slot receiver Ryan Broyles, who hauled in 14 on the year. And Hanna had perhaps the biggest play of the season, when he hauled in a Landry Jones pass and took it 76 yards down the sideline to seal up the Bedlam game. That was a huge fraction of his 18 catches for 292 yards, as he averaged 16.2 yards per reception and 20.9 yards per game. As evidenced by this, at 6-foot-4, 237 pounds, Hanna gives the Sooners a nice option for not just scoring in the red zone, but picking up huge chunks of yardage.

Expectations for 2011: He is without a doubt the starter at the tight end spot, and until he loses the position, it's his, although Trent Ratterree is a seasoned veteran and Austin Haywood continues to come along. Look for him to have a solid red zone role when the Sooners need to get a score because of his size and body control. Hanna could easily put up 300 receiving yards and equally as many touchdowns this year with an even more experienced offensive line that will give Jones plenty of time to sit back in the pocket.


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

No. 17: Drew Allen

No. 16: Trent Ratterree

No. 15: Josh Aladenoye

No. 14: Tyler Evans

No. 13: Dejuan MIller

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