OU report card: Defensive tackle

Phillips shines as nose guard but leaves early to leave questions

The 2014 season is in the books for Oklahoma as the Sooners began the season in the top five but ended a disappointing 8-5 with losses in the final two games.

Before we start looking ahead to 2015, we’re going to take another look at every position this season for the Sooners.

Defensive tackle

Bob Przybylo: A-. Tough to fault Jordan Phillips for what he accomplished this season. He really emerged into that beast in the middle everybody was hoping he would become.

Now Phillips obviously couldn’t play every down, but this was far from being a weak spot for the Soones all season long. It’s tough to find a lot of fault for OU’s defensive line. Maybe the only thing that could have been asked for was more pressure on the quarterback.

It was no surprise when Phillips declared for the NFL Draft two weeks ago. He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him, and OU will have to find the answer at that spot going forward.

Not sure if anybody on campus is the guy, but OU should be bringing in some quality tackles for this class.

Justin Hite: A-. The 3-4 neutralizes no other position more than the nose guard. Jordan Phillips occasionally made the Sooners’ defensive set look like a 4-man front with his quickness into the opposing team’s backfield.

Two sacks and seven tackles for loss is the reason Phillips decided to leave early for the NFL Draft.

He definitely earned it and could be a first-rounder. Matt Romar wasn’t bad as a replacement either.

This grade is almost exclusively reserved for Phillips, who has had his motor questioned.

For this perspective, he was about everything Oklahoma could have wanted from a nose guard.

Sooners Illustrated overall grade: A-

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