OU Countdown: Freshmen D-line

Trio will try and have a long-term impact in evolving Sooners' front

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.

DT Marquise Overton (6-foot-1, 300 pounds); DE Kenneth Mann (6-foot-4, 240 pounds); DE Gabriel Campbell (6-foot-6, 260 pounds)

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What happened last year: Four-star tackle Overton helped lead Jenks to a state championship, Campbell earned three-star status, and Mann finished his senior year with 79 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. It’ll be unlikely for any of the freshmen to earn a spot in the rotation. Only Charles Tapper and Matt Dimon haven’t taken a redshirt off the defensive line in their time at Oklahoma. If the Sooners’ go to a four-man front, there might be a spot for one, but they’d have to leapfrog fellow freshman Neville Gallimore, who seems like the most likely lineman to crack the rotation for playing time. All three should see time later in their careers, though.

Best-case scenario for this season: Everyone gets a redshirt but shows enough in practice to give Oklahoma confidence in replacing the departing Tapper and elevating the Sooners’ defensive front.


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