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. 17 – WR Jordan Smallwood (6-foot-2, 217 pounds)
What happened last year: Smallwood trickled back into the Oklahoma rotation at wide receiver after an ACL injury that required his second major surgery since he got to Oklahoma.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. After being an afterthought because of injury much of his career, Smallwood is likely 100 percent in terms of health. Anything he can give Oklahoma would be a plus. The Sooners likely aren’t expecting much.
Best-case scenario for this season: Smallwood has the ability and size to work his way into the receiver rotation, but he’ll have to take some big steps. Most importantly, he’ll have to stay healthy for a full season, something he hasn’t done much of at Norman. He’s got the potential to be a decent back-up to Mark Andrews on the inside.