Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 15

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

No. 15:

Player: Joseph Ibiloye

Position: Backup strong side linebacker

The rundown: Ibiloye enters his redshirt junior year behind Tony Jefferson on the depth chart. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound backer from Garland, Texas has started four games and played in 27 since redshirting his first season. He recorded 13 tackles a year ago, including one for loss, and a fumble recovery. Ibiloye actually had more tackles the previous season, when he finished with 15 after moving to linebacker during fall camp. Four of those came in a career-high performance at Kansas.

Expectations for 2011: He likely stands as the fourth linebacker when the Sooners are full strength and in their situation without Travis Lewis. When healthy, Lewis is at weak side, while Tom Wort is at MIKE, and Corey Nelson is at strong side or the nickel, with Jefferson likely shifting back to the secondary. In the other scenario, Nelson moves into the Will position, with Wort once again in the middle and Jefferson at nickel. That leaves Ibiloye as a reserve and fighting for playing time. Still, with the loss of Lewis, as well as Austin Box's tragic death late in the spring, the linebacking corps depth is weak and open to playing time for anyone on the two-deep.

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

No. 17: David King

No. 16: Sam Proctor

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