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. 93 - DT Jordan Wade (6-foot-4, 305 pounds)
9 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks
What happened last year: Wade played in just six games last season despite being the primary fill-in for defensive tackle Jordan Phillips two years earlier. He started eight games and played in 12 as a freshman, but those numbers dropped significantly as a sophomore. He also dropped on the depth chart, being overtaken by Matt Romar.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. Outside of Charles Tapper, the Oklahoma defensive line might operate entirely on rotation – multiple players and multiple formations. In a four-man front, Wade and Romar might serve as the primary defensive tackles, if Wade can prove he deserves a spot. There are six defensive linemen in the rotation and three could also play defensive tackle. Charles Walker would benefit from being on the edge, and a strong performance by Wade would allow just that.
Best-case scenario for this season: Wade proves that he’s inter-changeable with Romar on the inside. He becomes the primary back-up in a 3-man front and plays right alongside Romar in a 4-man front. There aren’t many statistics in Wade’s ledger at the end of the season, maybe a handful of tackles for loss and a sack, but he uses his size to command double teams in a 3-man front.