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. 36 - FB Dimitri Flowers (6-foot-1, 242 pounds)
9 receptions, 92 yards
What happened last year: Flowers looked like the next big-time fan favorite at Oklahoma – showing up as a freshman last year in the mold of Trey Millard. He was agile and showed quick feet but also was willing to stick his nose in the fray.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 1. With the changing offense comes a drastic decline in the need for fullback at this point. Now, Flowers could develop into a pass-catching specialist out of the backfield, if he can pick up his speed or maybe drop to 220 pounds or so. This season though, he’s a bit of a lost man outside of special teams.
Best-case scenario for this season: Standing out on special teams seems to be the extent of Flowers true contribution this season. Now, there’s always the chance that he finds his way into the backfield in two-running back sets – and becomes a reliable receiving target. He could finished with about a dozen receptions in a – miraculous – and perfect season.