OU Countdown: Matthew Romar

Defensive tackle will be counted on to fill big shoes in the middle

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. 92 – DT Matthew Romar (6-foot-0, 294 pounds)

9 tackles, 1 tackles for loss, 1 sack

What happened last year: Romar saw plenty of action last year behind departed defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, playing in all 12 games. He wasn’t nearly as disruptive as Phillips, but he received praise for his work ethic and toughness.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. As the starter at defensive tackle, Romar will need to be more consistent than dominant for Oklahoma. He doesn’t have the first step of Phillips nor may he ever. Instead, Romar gives Oklahoma something that Phillips occasionally lacked: A hard-wired motor. The Oklahoma defensive line doesn’t have much experience, having lost two long-time starters and returning just defensive end Charles Tapper. Romar can provide that stability. Oklahoma needs a strong season out of Romar, and the expectation level is high. Every time Romar has been on the field, success has followed. Will more snaps lead to more success? That’s the big question that only Romar can answer.

Best-case scenario for this season: Romar won’t be Phillips; don’t expect him to be. Still, he can be close. The closest he gets is the best case for him – and for Oklahoma. Statistically, Romar would need to finish with half a dozen tackles for loss and multiple sacks. In addition, 30 tackles and a few PBUs could be a nice addition.

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