With the season just around the corner, Sooners Illustrated is going to take a shot at guessing who will be the 11 players who make the biggest impact for Oklahoma in the 2015 season.
This version of the OU 11 is not based on how important they are to the team, but instead is based on what their projected production will be in the eyes of publisher Bob Przybylo.
Each weekday we'll be counting them down. Without further ado, the OU 11: Best performers.
No. 6 LB Jordan Evans
It seems crazy to think of Evans as a pure middle linebacker when you remember him returning kicks at Norman North High. But that’s the transition he has made and the transition he has completed.
Evans has gone from an undersized starter to a menace in the middle. Completely healthy, and it’s showing for Evans, who is positioning himself as the best prospect from OU’s talented 2013 class.
Evans had a setback last year when he had mono. He dropped weight and was playing around 205 pounds. That’s not the case anymore, but the key thing is how well he is being able to carry that weight while still having speed and explosiveness.
OU’s linebackers have been on the small side the last couple of years, but Evans should change that mentality this year.
He was among the more consistent performers on defense as a sophomore and there doesn’t seem to be one reason as to why Evans wouldn’t be able to make the leap as a junior.
With OU having more depth at the position than in the last few years, it should also give him a chance to rest and be healthy and not be tired during the latter stages of games. A perfect recipe for success.