OU Countdown: Orlando Brown

Gigantic freshman needs to show new side of his abilities

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)

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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.


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