Ranking the Most Important on Offense: No. 4

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners Illustrated is just days away from No. 1 now, presenting the fourth most crucial player.

No. 4:

Player: Donald Stephenson

Position: Starting left tackle

The rundown: Stephenson, a 6-foot-6, 307-pounder, made his first career start in last year's season opening 31-24 victory over Utah State. After that, he started nine of the last 13 games and played 868 snaps throughout the year. He finished with 103 knockdowns, second only to center Ben Habern. He led the team four times in knockdowns.

Expectations for 2011: Again, Stephenson will be anchoring quarterback Landry Jones' blind side, which makes him a crucial component of this offensive line. He'll have to be consistent in containing the pass rush from defensive ends in order to give Jones plenty of time to get the ball out. With the volume of passes in this offensive scheme, Stephenson's role becomes increasingly important. One breakdown and a DE could sprint around and strip the ball from Jones, creating a costly turnover. So, his job as a starter is very important, to say the least.

Previous:

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

No. 12: James Hanna

Top 15 Extra: Jaz Reynolds

No. 11: Jarvis Jones

No. 10: Trey Franks

No. 9 (b.): Brandon Williams

No. 9 (a.): Roy Finch

No. 8: Trey Millard

No. 7: Gabe Ikard

No. 6: Ben Habern

Top 10 Extra: Jonathan Miller

No. 5: Kenny Stills

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