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. 45 – TE Carson Meier (6-foot-6, 244 pounds)
What happened last year: Meier took a redshirt last year after coming in as a three-star tight end, averaging more than 10 yards per reception in his senior year of high school.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. Meier will likely serve as the primary back-up to Mark Andrews as an inside receiver. That doesn’t mean he’ll see as much time as Jeffery Mead, Dallis Todd, Michiah Quick or Durron Neal – others considered to be potential back-ups. Meier will fit in when the Sooners go big, but there’ll be other primary options at receiver. Within the 10-man rotation, Meier is closer to the bottom – probably right now 8 or 9 right now.
Best-case scenario for this season: Meier and Andrews are both making similar transitions, although Andrews was a receiver in high school. Andrews has already flashed great potential, and before season starts, Meier does the same in practice if everything goes well. He jumps up the depth chart and becomes the immediate back-up to Andrews – the coaching staff never looking elsewhere when Andrews needs a breather. Meier finishes with just under 20 catches and 300 yards, including two touchdowns.