Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 12

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated is now just two spots away from the Top 10 on the most crucial defensive player countdown.

No. 12:

Player: Casey Walker

Position: Starting defensive tackle

The rundown: He bounced back from a knee injury last year that forced him to miss six games in the middle of the season. After that, the 6-foot-2, 308-pound defensive tackle participated in games against Baylor and Oklahoma State. Before the injury, Walker started the first four contests in 2010. Overall, he finished the season with five tackles, and he recorded a pair the year before, with 0.5 tackles for loss. He also recovered a fumble back in 2009 following a redshirt season the year before.

Expectations for 2011: Walker had a sack for a loss of nine yards in the Spring Game, and he'll be expected to do some of that this season for one of the team's most important groups. They're one of the most important parts of this team simply because they're a question mark on a squad with relatively few issues heading into the season. Because of that, his importance becomes that much greater. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables always talks about the significance of the guys in the middle of the defense, whether it be tackles, middle linebackers or safeties. So, Walker will have to step up and solidify the interior of the defensive line.

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

No. 15: Joseph Ibiloye

No. 14: Stacy McGee

No. 13: Javon Harris

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