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. 54 – OG Nila Kasitati (6-foot-4, 316 pounds)
6 starts, 6.1-yard team per carry average
What happened last year: With six starts and 12 games played, Kasitati was the least experienced player of he Oklahoma starting front in the 2014 season. He helped one of the best lines in the country average more than six yards per carry and allowed just nine sacks all season – the fewest in the nation.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 8. There isn’t much experience on the Oklahoma offensive line this season though, and Kasitati has more than half of the experience – but not the majority of the starts. With all that gone fro the team, the soft-spoken Kasitati will have to fill a leadership role and help out center Ty Darlington a little bit. He’ll have to do it on the field and in the meeting room. He’ll most likely stay at right guard, where he’ll have to help whichever young offensive tackle mans the right side.
Best-case scenario for this season: There would have to be a lot more bad than good in order for Kasitati not to enter the season as the start at right guard. If Kasitati can help Oklahoma allow just 15 sacks – and maybe even less than 20 – that would be a great season. Kasitati’s perfect season ends with him hearing his name called on the second day of the NFL Draft.