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. 17 – WR Jordan Smallwood (6-foot-2, 208 pounds)
3 receptions, 21 yards
What happened last year: Used sparingly at receiver and occasionally as a third tight end, Smallwood was a minimal part of the offense.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. If there is going to be an out-of-nowhere kind of impact player, it’ll probably be a quick-recovering Smallwood, who suffered an ACL injury and missed most of spring and will likely miss the first couple games of the season. Oklahoma will prepare to be without him this season.
Best-case scenario for this season: Most recover slowly from knee injuries, while the rare few rebound like Adrian Peterson. Smallwood isn’t AD, but there’s a chance he’ll be back for a start of the season – albeit a small chance. Smallwood’s season output depends almost exclusively on his recovery. If we’re talking best-case scenario, is it out of the realm of possibility to believe that he’ll be back or Week 1 and jump Dallis Todd and Jeffery Mead as the outside starter opposite Dede Westbrook? There’s at least one person that doesn’t think it’s too unlikely – given perfect health.