Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 16

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated approaches the Top 15 of the countdown with today's version.

No. 16:

Player: Sam Proctor

Position: Backup free safety

The rundown: Proctor, at 6-foot, 222-pounds, is a guy that has bounced back and forth as a starter and reserve over the last two years. In 2009, he started 10 games while racking up 44 total tackles, including seven at Miami. He finished third on the team with 10 special teams tackles that year. Then, last season, Proctor was a backup to Quinton Carter. But he still had a valuable role on the special teams squad, participating there in all 14 games and managing a season-high four tackles against Florida State.

Expectations for 2011: There's such great competition at the safety position that anyone could emerge with playing time. Right now, Proctor is in a battle with Javon Harris at that free safety spot, and a couple of other talented guys in Aaron Colvin and Quentin Hayes are at strong. Now, the starters will be Harris and Colvin when the Sooners open the season Sept. 3. Mark that down, especially with the recent injury to linebacker Travis Lewis, which cut down the "experiment" with Tony Jefferson. But Proctor provides leadership from the stand point that he's the only senior safety.


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

No. 17: David King

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