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. 18 – LB Curtis Bolton (6-foot-2, 229 pounds)
What happened last year: The three-star linebacker took a redshirt his first season.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. There will come a time when Bolton will have a chance to be a big-time playmaker for Oklahoma, but now is not that time. He’s most likely stuck at No. 6 on the depth – maybe even behind incoming freshman Arthur McGinnis, who has been getting rave reviews. Bolton seems destined to be a special teams and depth player.
Best-case scenario for this season: A long line of unfortunate events would have to occur for Bolton to see significant time on defense this season. At least two injuries, one player not coming back into football shape and another player proving that a fantastic spring was an anomaly: Those are just a few of the things that come to mind. Bolton can be a special teams dynamo, though. Contributing there is probably his best shot in the short term.