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. 55 – OT Josiah St. John (6-foot-6, 309 pounds)
What happened last year: Watching and learning from the sideline, St. John took a redshirt in preparation for his only playing season with the Sooners this coming year.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 9. St. John has huge shoes to fill as the likely left tackle at Oklahoma this year. Almost every tackle that came before him during the past 10 years is still playing. But more than just replacing Tyrus Thompson, there’s also the matter of right tackle, which was left vacant by Daryl Williams. Oklahoma can’t afford to have a controversy on both sides of its line this upcoming season. St. John is the most likely to leave no doubt that he should be a starter, but he desperately needs to prove it – for him and for Oklahoma.
Best-case scenario for this season: From Day 1 of preseason camp, St. John looks the part of an offensive tackle and acts the part too – dominating Eric Striker once or twice in camp. St. John plays so well, that Oklahoma’s coaching staff has the option of going through the rest of its roster to find the perfect right tackle, a task that takes only a few weeks and is concluded by the time the Big 12 Conference season starts.