OU Countdown: Neville Gallimore

Big defensive tackle comes to Norman with the expectation of contributing

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)

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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.


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