Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 6

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated is just a day outside the Top Five with today's version of the countdown inside.

No. 6:

Player: Jamarkus McFarland

Position: Starting defensive tackle

The rundown: He has played 21 games so far in two seasons, starting three of those. McFarland has recorded 31 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks for a loss of 33 yards over that span. He managed a huge chunk of that a year ago when he finished with 23 tackles, including five for loss and 1.5 sacks. McFarland had a career-high five tackles in a 45-7 blowout victory over Texas Tech.

Expectations for 2011: McFarland barely misses out on the Top Five, but he could easily be in there considering how much of a question mark the defensive tackle rotation is to much of the media and those around the country heading into the season and how important he is to that group. He is the most veteran member of this defensive tackle corps, starting more games than any of the other three listed on the two-deep. The 6-foot-2, 296-pound junior has lettered twice and he'll do so again as a yearlong starter for the Sooners. This group and entire defensive line, for that matter, will largely go how McFarland does.

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

No. 12: Casey Walker

No. 11: Gabe Lynn

No. 10: Aaron Colvin

No. 9: Tony Jefferson

No. 8: Jamell Fleming

No. 7: Demontre Hurst

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