Meeting the team: defensive player No. 1

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated now gets you acquainted with players on the defensive side of the ball, starting with the first man up front.

Player: David King

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Class: Redshirt senior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-5, 286 pounds

Likely position on fall depth chart: Starting defensive end

The rundown: King played in 13 games and started five of those last season in a rotation that featured starters and now-pro DE's Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis. In those 13 contests, he recorded 31 tackles, including four for loss and a couple of sacks. King's highlight play of the year came in the Red River Rivalry against Texas, when he picked up a fumble and returned it 19 yards to the house. He has bulked up in the offseason, gaining 13 pounds from his 273-pound mark in the spring, so he's more prepared than ever to be dominant on the defensive line.

Expectations for 2012: It's hard to set his bar at the mark Alexander had his senior year last season with 19 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, but he'll be expected to be a force up front. Double-digit tackles for loss and five-to-10 sacks is very possible should he get going. That will be doable because he'll be a mainstay starter the whole season. So, expect to see him make a serious jump his final year in a Crimson and Cream uniform.

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