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. 50 – DT Courtney Garnett (6-foot-2, 283 pounds)
What happened last year: The first year in Norman was a redshirt season for the highly sought-after defensive tackle out of New Orleans.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. The loss of Jordan Phillips is probably the most influential for Oklahoma coming in to next season. It seems as though Matthew Romar and Jordan Wade are first in line to start at defensive tackle. Then again, Charles Walker, who came to Oklahoma as more of a defensive end prospect, is listed as a defensive tackle on the Sooners’ roster. Walker could be a game-changer on the edge, but that would require Garnett to step up. If Oklahoma goes to more of a 4-man front, then Garnett would see time in the rotation.
Best-case scenario for this season: It’s not impossible to see Garnett as the primary back-up or even a starter in a 4-man front at the start of the year. It’s not very likely that will happen, either. Garnett will be a part of a defensive group that will be very fluid all season. His playing time and his perfect season will depend a lot on which matchups are used the most frequently.