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. 16 – WR Michiah Quick (6-foot-0, 186 pounds)
25 receptions, 237 yards, 1 touchdown
What happened last year: Quick’s learning curve was a surprisingly steep one. Oklahoma didn’t have the strongest receiving corps, and it took almost half a season for the four-star freshman to make an impact. He did catch a team-high seven passes in the Russell Athletic Bowl and was one of the Sooners’ few productive players in the bowl game. When Oklahoma was at its worst, Quick was actually at his best – catching a career-high 94 yards and scoring his only touchdown in the blowout loss to Baylor.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. Quick’s importance to Oklahoma is two-fold. He’s a dynamic weapon out of the slot in offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s system, and if he’s good enough out of the slot, then top receiver Sterling Shepard can stay on the outside, where he might be the most effective for the Sooners. Oklahoma will get the ball in Quick’s hands in open space, so this will be the season that the rising sophomore can prove if he’s really as dangerous of a weapon as he was projected to be.
Best-case scenario for this season: Out of almost nowhere, Quick leads Oklahoma in receptions – topping the 100-catch mark and helping loosen up the outside so the Sooners have four receivers that average almost 25 yards per catch. Quick also excels as a punt returner as he and Dede Westbrook create a dominant tandem for Oklahoma, which scores twice on run-backs.