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.
DL Neville Gallimore (6-foot-3, 303 pounds)
What happened last year: A four-star and top-100 player out of Canada Prep Football Academy, Gallimore became the first Canadian to be picked for the U.S. Army All-American game.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. Eventually Gallimore is going to play a big role for Oklahoma, and that time might come sooner rather than later. Depending on the defensive front, Gallimore might see action as a true freshman – if called upon to play a 3-front defensive end. In a four-man front, Gallimore could switch inside or stay outside. It’s never a bad thing to be multi-faceted. It only adds to his level of importance.
Best-case scenario for this season: Gallimore will definitely be a contributor – and a long-term one – for Oklahoma. But which is more important, the short-term or the long-term? Usually Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t hesitate to pull a redshirt off a player, but there are only two defensive linemen on the Sooners roster without a redshirt year under their belt. I imagine Gallimore plays immediately within the rotation and sets himself up to be a starter as a true sophomore.