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.
LB Arthur McGinnis (6-foot-2, 225 pounds)
What happened last year: In his final two seasons in high school, McGinnis totaled more than 200 tackles. Maybe more impressively, he earned the nickname, ‘Hulk.’ That’s saying something. Now, Hulklahoma has arrived.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. McGinnis immediately fits into the three-deep at middle linebacker, and he could very well play his way into the two-deep by surpassing Tay Evans or Curtis Bolton. It’s more likely though that he’ll take a redshirt with the potential of playing next season. The Sooners have always been willing to play freshmen linebackers. None have been as big as McGinnis.
Best-case scenario for this season:McGinnis is the hardest redshirt decision that Oklahoma faces. The Sooners don’t necessarily need him to play, but he proves to be good enough to be needed on the field. Ultimately though, Oklahoma gives McGinnis a redshirt with the intention of having him play a big role next season.