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. 2 WR Sterling Shepard
All you need to know about how important Shepard was last season is to watch the final month of the year when Shepard was out with his groin injury.
Shepard was easily on his way to a banner season before it all came to a screeching halt on his first catch of the game at Iowa State.
Now fully healthy, Shepard is ready for one final run. The addition of Dede Westbrook is going to make life a lot easier for him as teams won’t be able to just sit back and double team him at all times. They will have to pick their poison.
A big thing with Shepard this year is where will he line up? Is he going to be a slot guy, or is he going to remain on the outside? Given his size, it seems like he should move inside and let guys like Westbrook and Jeffrey Mead handle the outside.
No matter where he lines up, he makes plays. He has that natural instinct of finding the ball and going and getting it no matter what the circumstances. He’s tough, he’s strong, but he’ll need to stay healthy for the Sooners to make a real run at any sort of title this season.