OU Countdown: Daniel Brooks

Specialized back finally has a system that fits his skill set

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. 34 - RB Daniel Brooks (5-foot-8, 182 pounds)

6 carries, 26 yards

What happened last year: Really not much of an option on offense, Brooks totaled the fewest yards of any running back on the roster. Although, he did dazzle in the spring game for the second season in a row.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. In his fourth year on campus, Brooks could finally put it all together in an offense that is tailor-made for his specific skill set. His low rating comes with that fact that any numbers put up by Brooks would be a complete bonus for Oklahoma.

Best-case scenario for this season: Brooks isn’t going to pass Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon or Rodney Anderson on the depth chart by sheer production alone. Brooks could sneak into the No. 4 spot if Ross struggles with his vision or Oklahoma wants to make Ross exclusively a kick returner. Brooks is still looking for that first career touchdown. If he gets it, it’s a good year.

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