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. 18 – LB Curtis Bolton (6-foot, 232 pounds)
What happened last year: After a redshirt season in his first year on campus, Bolton appeared in four games last season but didn’t register a tackle.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Bolton won't have much of an impact for the Sooners without an injury to Tay Evans or Jordan Evans, who will likely be Oklahoma’s iron man this season. He’ll serve as a depth linebacker and will probably earn a few tackles this season. He could also see some time on special teams.
Best-case scenario for this season: That first tackle is an almost necessity, at this point. If either of the Evanses don’t play all the reps, Bolton will get his chance. He’ll most likely split time with Tay Evans – possibly a 2-to-1 snap count. Could Bolton actually pass Tay Evans during the season? That’s within reach, but that might require a fall on Tay Evans’ part.