OU Countdown: Tay Evans

Redshirt freshman linebacker could standout and make defensive rotation

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. 9 - LB Tay Evans (6-foot-2, 235 pounds)


What happened last year: Evans took a redshirt last year – his first on campus.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. At some point, Evans will be part of the Oklahoma corps of linebackers. This season probably isn’t that time. At some point, Evans, Curtis Bolton, Arthur McGinnis and Ricky DeBerry will be the potential stars. It’s not this year – at least not for Evans. He could play a big role on special teams and see spot duty on defense, but he’s probably third on the depth chart at either middle linebacker position.

Best-case scenario for this season: A dominant special teams player to get his feet wet. This best option – if Evans is stellar in preseason camp – is a spot in the rotation. Still, a lot of Evans’ chances depend on whether or not Frank Shannon is back in football shape for the start of the season. Evans would get some reps at linebacker in a perfect world, though.

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