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.