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. 12 - CB Will Johnson (6-foot-0, 2179 pounds)
What happened last year: A relative unknown until Oklahoma came calling last year. In his final season with Monroe Community College, Johnson picked off two passes and helped the Mustangs hold opponents to less than 130 passing yards per game.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. The Sooners need to find more cornerbacks behind Zack Sanchez – and hopefully Jordan Thomas. Johnson is one of those options. The Sooners brought in three cornerbacks in this year’s recruiting class, and it’s one of the best in recent memory for Oklahoma.
Best-case scenario for this season: Oklahoma has a clear open hole as the No. 3 cornerback – with Johnson coming in to Norman with a pair of talented freshmen as well. For Johnson and Oklahoma, it would be best if Johnson wins the job. It would allow the Sooners to redshirt incoming freshmen Antoine Stephens and P.J. Mbanasor. As the No. 3 defensive back, Johnson picks off his first pass in non-conference play and adds another later in the season.