Six surprise standouts from the Oklahoma Sooners 2016 spring game

Sooners Illustrated picks out a handful of players who shined - but not on the stat sheet - in the spring game.

NORMAN – There wasn’t much to be decided in the Oklahoma Sooners spring game in regards to starters. There are a few holes to fill, but the spring game isn’t usually where those battles are won, especially not by breaking down the stats. There’s always usually a low-end depth player that shines in the unofficial game.

Daniel Brooks had his third-straight standout spring game. Walk-on linebacker Reuben Hunter got a lot of run with the second team. Here’s a quick look at a handful of players who stood out Saturday afternoon and could make an impact for the Sooners next season:

Chanse Sylvie, DB – After getting some love during spring practice, Sylvie really shined Saturday. He made a nice goal-line tackle off the edge to keep on offense out of the end zone and worked a lot as the back-up nickel. He was solid in coverage with no major flaws. Despite being a mid-year enrollee, he definitely showed the ability to make an impact in the fall.

Neville Gallimore, DL – The redshirt appears to have done Gallimore a lot of good. He has bulked up and looked it in the spring game. He combined with Sylvie on a goal line stop but did a really nice job of shedding blockers the entire game. He came to Oklahoma raw but filled with potential. It’s clear that he’ll make some waves early this upcoming season for Oklahoma – pushing for a starting spot.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB – It’s now or never for Okoronkwo. Based on the spring game, it’s now. Okoronkwo picked up a sack-safety, but he was much better in open space than expected. Rushing the passer was never a problem for Okoronkwo, but his ability too defend the run and play in coverage was really a bright spot.

Bobby Evans, OT – In his first series, Evans absolutely dominated Austin Roberts, who got some run with the first team defense in the modified scrimmage. Brooks ran for 40 yards on his first two carries, right behind Evans both times. Evans is still coming off a torn ACL in his senior season in high school but looked like he could make an impact. He played the whole game at left tackle. Oklahoma moved Dru Samia inside to right guard. There’s a chance Evans gets some play at right tackle this year.

AD Miller, WR – Of all the receivers vying for playing time, Miller might have been the best. He showed great spatial awareness and racked up some solid numbers on the stat sheet. He didn’t drop a pass either, which is a huge plus for Oklahoma. The early edge to Class of 2015 receivers goes to Miller.

Dakota Austin, DB – Austin got the first nod at starter opposite Jordan Thomas, and he didn’t do anything Saturday to suggest he lost that spot. He battled Dahu Green – giving up eight inches – on an end-zone fade route and closed off the young receiver perfectly. Austin definitely looked the part of starting cornerback at least for a few minutes and took all the “first-team” reps.


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