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

Will Johnson surprised as a stalwart cornerback last year. It'll be a surprise if he struggles this season.

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. 12 – CB Will Johnson (6-foot, 185 pounds)

14 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 PBU


What happened last year: Johnson was a bit of an afterthought to start the season – a surprise and unknown commit from a small junior college on the East Coast. Nobody really considered him to be a first-year contributor, and he didn’t have a clear position. When Steven Parker moved back to safety, Johnson was called upon. Then, he became a bigger surprise. Johnson stabilized the secondary with Parker behind him. He became a stout tackler in run support and another solid cover corner on the inside.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 7. Last season carried no expectation for Johnson. This season comes with a bunch. He’s the outright starter at nickel back as Oklahoma will likely move to even more five-DB sets. Johnson will see the field significantly and often.

Best-case scenario for this season: Johnson sticks at nickel back, even under the constant duress of playing just about every snap during Big 12 Conference play. He picks off a pair of passes, and even plays on the outside occasionally – maybe even making a play for a starting cornerback spot as a senior the following season.

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