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. 5 – CB Antoine Stephens (6-foot-1, 183 pounds)
Redshirted in his first year on campus
What happened last year: The development year for Stephens clearly went well. He played his way into the conversation to start a cornerback and is a rotation defensive back at the very least.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. Should Jordan Thomas go down with an injury, Stephens’ importance spikes. He will immediately be a contributor on special teams and could be an elite gunner because of his size and speed combination. He’ll contribute as a depth cornerback but won’t see the field consistently unless the Sooners go with a ‘quarters’ look in the secondary. Even then, Stephens is probably a match-up play.
Best-case scenario for this season: There’s not an elaborate breakdown for Stephens’ best-case scenario: He makes a big impact on special teams so that fans know his name well enough to recognize him when he starts next season. He’ll still be competing with a really strong group of young cornerbacks.