OU Countdown: Derek Farniok

Sooners will likely turn to redshirt senior as starting right tackle to open 2015

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. 72 – OT Derek Farniok (6-foot-9, 345 pounds)

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What happened last year: Farniok played in all 13 games last season and has played in 27 during his career. He has made just one start – as a redshirt sophomore against Oklahoma State.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. Farniok will be first in line on the right side of the Oklahoma offensive line. There are plenty of talented players waiting in the wings, though. Orlando Brown and Kenyon Frison come to mind immediately. Those two might have more long-term potential than Farniok, who will leave Oklahoma after this season. Farniok has far more experience, and as of now, he seems like the favorite. He’ll be on a short leash, though.

Best-case scenario for this season: Right tackle is really the only position up in the air on the offensive line. While other positions can be won, right tackle is far more of an open battle. Farniok will win that battle in his best-case season and hold on to the job all year long.


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