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

Even as a freshman, Chanse Sylvie is being called upon to play a key back-up role

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. 20 – DB Chanse Sylvie (5-foot-11, 179 pounds)


What happened last year: Sylvie was in high school. Now, he’s not.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. This might come as a surprisingly high level of importance for a non-elite incoming freshman, but Sylvie was an early enrollee. Even after being on campus for just a couple of weeks, he was playing significant practice and spring game reps directly behind Will Johnson at nickel back. It seems like Sylvie will hold that role entering preseason camp. It’ll be his to lose at this point.

Best-case scenario for this season: The best case for Oklahoma is that Sylvie never plays a significant down, which also might be the best-case scenario for Sylvie. If Johnson gets hurt, then Sylvie might be forced into action. He’s being groomed for a key position on Oklahoma’s defense after being praised for being such a good leader in the recruiting class.

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