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. 6 - CB Stanvon Taylor (5-foot-10, 174 pounds)
8 tackles, 1 TFL
What happened last year: Taylor didn’t get a chance to start last season, like he did as a freshman, but still came away with a major increase in total tackles – double from his freshman season. It wasn’t a bad year for Taylor, but he’s yet another guy who failed to make a significant jump into his sophomore year.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. Nobody is insignificant, but Taylor’s importance lies exclusively on special teams. Two incoming freshmen could start above him on the depth chart, but a talented gunner on punt coverage isn’t something that should be wasted.
Best-case scenario for this season: Taylor won’t be a starter this year without some major problems, so it seems far more likely that he’s a special teams standout. The junior out of Tulsa could be a fan favorite by the end of this year for a couple highlight reel tackles and big plays – maybe even a blocked punt. Reaching the double-digit tackle mark isn’t out of the question, but it would probably be a great season for Taylor.