Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 18

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated continues on with the most crucial defensive players countdown.

No. 18:

Player: R.J. Washington

Position: Backup defensive end

The rundown: Washington has played in only 13 games throughout the first three years of his OU career. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound DE, who came out of Keller Fossil Ridge High School in 2008 as the No. 2 player at his position in the country, recorded four tackles in a reserve role last year. Two of those came against Utah State. In the previous year, he played four games and had just three tackles, with a half sack against Texas A&M. Washington redshirted in his first season upon arriving at OU.

Expectations for 2011: Along with the other defensive ends currently listed on the depth chart, he is an upperclassman. With that comes some extra responsibility and accountability. That said, in reality, he is likely no better than fourth on the overall DE depth chart as of right now. Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis are the figured starters, with David King in the third spot. Even Geneo Grissom is coming along at an impressive clip, so the two-year letter winner must fight for all the playing time he's going to get. If he doesn't assert himself early this fall camp, he might be in the back seat to the rest of the group.


No. 25: Julian Wilson

No. 24: James Haynes

No. 23: Geneo Grissom

No. 22: Joe Powell

No. 21: Quentin Hayes

No. 20: Torrea Peterson

No. 19: Jaydan Bird

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