The deadline has passed for players looking to enter the NFL Draft and nobody batted an eye at Oklahoma.
Losing doesn’t sound like the right word with Green-Beckham, though, considering he never played a down at OU in a real game.
Everybody else, fringe contender or not, is headed back to Norman. Players like Eric Striker and Sterling Shepard issued defiant statements of not going to leave OU like that. Not going to go out 8-5 and losing their final two games, punctuated by the whooping Clemson put on OU in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
So this is just a short piece examining who is going to be stepping up into the roles for Phillips and Green-Beckham.
No small task because there is nobody else on the roster that fit the 3-4 scheme at defensive tackle better than Phillips. He had a great sophomore season, and the writing was on the wall that he was going to enter early.
But Stoops was quick to say he’s happy with what is coming back. And the name to keep tabs on is definitely Matthew Romar. The redshirt freshman had some moments last year where it became apparent he has moved up the ladder.
Romar isn’t as big as Phillips, but he seems like the pick to take over. But watch out for Walker. With defensive end being a logjam, his future could be in the middle.
There is one name circled for this spot, and it’s going to be redshirt freshman Dallis Todd. Coming out of La Mirada (Calif.) High, Todd was a high four-star prospect with offers from schools coast to coast.
Really felt Todd was going to get a shot at playing this season as a true freshman until a camp injury derailed his development.
Todd should be that nice combination of size and speed, which is exactly what OU was hoping for with Green-Beckham. Not fair to compare the two stride for stride, but Todd seems like he’s ready to branch out this season and give OU a legit target with size.