Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 23

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated presents the third day of the defensive countdown.

No. 23:

Player: Geneo Grissom

Position: Reserve defensive end

The rundown: Grissom, listed at 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, came out of Hutchinson, Kan. as the 27th ranked defensive end in the country and a four-star prospect. He had 76 total tackles, including 24 for loss and 7.5 sacks for his Salthawk squad during his senior year. Grissom also finished with 20 quarterback hits, eight PBU's, a forced fumble and fumble recovery en route to earning Ark-Valley Chisholm Trail-League Player of the Year and All-State. He then redshirted in 2010 and recorded a couple of tackles in the Spring Game.

Expectations for 2011: Head coach Bob Stoops keeps raving about this guy, a great reason to believe he could see some playing time if he progresses at the right rate this fall camp. He certainly has the size and athleticism to break into that rotation for Bobby Jack Wright. Currently, though, Grissom is not on the two-deep, as Ronnell Lewis and Frank Alexander are the starters, and R.J. Washington and David King are the backups. Still, it'll be interesting to see how the next month plays out because he could get into the top four there.

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No. 25: Julian Wilson

No. 24: James Haynes

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