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. 31 - LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (6-foot-1, 237 pounds)
8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
What happened last year: There wasn’t much playing time to go around for Obo at a crowded linebacker position, but when he did get time, Obo turned out to be a pretty special player. He has a skill for pass rush, and eventually, that talent can be unleashed.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. Obo will get far more of a chance to play this season, and if Oklahoma goes to more of a four-man front, then Obo might have a chance to jump up to the D-line, where his ability as a pass rusher could shine.
Best-case scenario for this season: Right now, Obo sits behind a pair of very talented linebackers – and possibly an exceptional incoming freshman. It would seem highly unlikely that Obo plays his way above Eric Striker and Devante Bond. A little bit more spot duty seems in order, and it’s likely that Obo doubles his stats – six tackles for loss and four sacks.