During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Dominique Alexander (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Dwayne Orso (No. 99) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
No. 2 – WR John Humphrey (6-foot, 160 pounds)
What happened last year: Humphrey, a three-star prospect, finished a three-year varsity career in high school with 88 catches for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had one rushing touchdown in his career and was a top-level returner.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. If Humphrey doesn’t catch a pass, it won’t make much of a difference for the Sooners this year. His rating should rise with each passing year. Humphrey looks like the heir apparent to Sterling Shepard right now. Humphrey could play a role for the Sooners this year in the desired 10-man receiver rotation, but it’s far more likely that he’ll be a primary target later in his career. He’s got game-changing speed immediately and could play multiple roles with Oklahoma later.
Best-case scenario for this season: Probably a dozen catches would seem like a lot for Humphrey as a freshman. He might reach double digits, but it’s his yards per catch that’ll be key – possibly over 20.