Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 17

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated rolls on with today's version of the defensive countdown.

No. 17:

Player: David King

Position: Backup defensive end

The rundown: King is a 6-foot-5, 273-pound DE who started his first career game last year against Utah State. He also recorded his first career sack and forced fumble in that contest. King has started three games so far in his career, all of those last year, when he had 11 total tackles. He played in 13 of OU's 14 games last year and saw action in four games back in 2009 during his freshman year.

Expectations for 2011: Defensive coordinator Brent Venables mentioned King as one of the top three defensive linemen at this point in fall camp. The other two are Ronnell Lewis and Frank Alexander, the two current starters. But King figures to be in that typical three-man rotation for defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright. Considering the loss of Jeremy Beal to the NFL Draft, it's even more important for these guys to step up. And King is one of those the coaches are counting on.

Previous:

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

No. 18: R.J. Washington

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