OU Countdown: Jordan Wade

Rotation on the defensive line will feature redshirt junior

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.

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