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. 78 – OT Orlando Brown (6-foot-8, 355 pounds)
What happened last year: Brown took a redshirt as a true freshman.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Like his redshirt freshman counterpart Kenyon Frison, Brown could be an offensive tackle of the future after getting rave review in practice as a freshman. Size isn’t an issue. Brown just needs a chance. He probably won’t get it this year, but he’ll be a primary back-up with the ability to fill in at both left and right tackle. He’ll have to show increased agility though. Brown was recruited for a power running, zone read offense. Now, he’ll have to show another side of his skills.
Best-case scenario for this season: Without injury, Brown won’t see the field as a starter. He’s a mauler but also an adept pass blocker. Look for him to fill in right behind Josiah St. John, if all goes according to plan.