Sooners Illustrated breaks down the Oklahoma roster, one player at a time

Antoine Stephens has played his way into the conversation for cornerback depth

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.

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