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. 52 – OG Jamal Danley (6-foot-5, 301 pounds)
12 starts, 180.3 team rushing yards per game, 358.8 passing yards per game at EMCC
What happened last year: Danley helped East Mississippi Community College to an undefeated record and a NJCAA championship. The offense averaged 539.1 yards and 55.5 points per game. He was one of two offensive linemen that went to major FBS programs.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 7. Oklahoma has an obvious hole at guard after the departure of Adam Shead, and it seems like it’s Danley’s position to lose. With the Sooners needing to replace three long-time contributors on the front line, Danley comes in with the most recent game experience. Only two of Oklahoma’s lineman to start the season will have more than a single start. What will likely be the first of two years as a starter for Danley, the JuCo transfer will need to be a stabilizing force as Oklahoma replaces 60 percent of its starters from last season.
Best-case scenario for this season: Danley is the unquestioned starter coming out of preseason camp, and he not only provides solid play, but helps to take the weight of leadership off Ty Darlington and Nila Kasitati. Ultimately, Oklahoma’s interior line is one of the best in the Big 12 Conference.