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 Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) 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.
No. 2 – CB P.J. Mbanasor (6-foot-1, 189 pounds)
7 tackles, 1 PBU
What happened last year: Mbanasor was forced into action early after Jordan Thomas was suspended against Tulsa. It didn’t go well, and Mbanasor didn’t see much consistent action the rest of the season.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. Ultimately, Oklahoma would love for Mbanasor to be “the guy” this season. There’s a chance that he’ll need to be the Sooners’ No. 1 cornerback next season. For this year, Mbanasor will need to show a lot of growth after last season’s debacle that might have him mentally affected. Physically, he’s ready to play. He’s got the blend of size and speed that the Sooners love in a cornerback – just see Jordan Thomas. From just a size standpoint, there’s a clear drop-off from Mbanasor to Dakota Austin. Even if he’s not a starter, Mbanasor could see extended him against just about any offense because of his versatility in the secondary – run-support and coverage.
Best-case scenario for this season: Mbanasor follows Thomas’ trend and makes a huge jump in his second year on campus. He wins the starting job away from Austin early in camp and never looks back. He also records the first interception of his career. Most importantly, the success catapults Mbanasor in the top cornerback role after Thomas leaves the Sooners early for the NFL Draft.