OU Countdown: Stanvon Taylor

Defensive back expected to play role on special teams

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.

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