OU Countdown: Jonathan Alvarez

Lineman has a chance to set himself as a standout on the inside

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. 68 – OG Jonathan Alvarez (6-foot-3, 310 pounds)


What happened last year:Alvarez saw action in just one game for Oklahoma, playing mop-up time at center in the Sooners’ route of Louisiana Tech.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. Alvarez’s main importance this season comes as the primary back-up to starting center Ty Darlington. If Darlington succumbs to injury, Alvarez will likely be the immediate fill-in. He could also see time in the guard rotation.

Best-case scenario for this season: Alvarez will likely combine with Erick Wren, Alex Dalton and Joseph Paul to serve as back-ups to Nila Kasitati and Jamal Danley. The best option for Alvarez is to win that battle. With experience as a center, Alvarez could very easily be considered the top back-up at any of the three interior spots on the line. That’s his best chance to set himself up to start next season.

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