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. 22 – LB Ricky DeBerry (6-foot-2, 250 pounds)
Redshirted in his first season at Oklahoma
What happened last year: DeBerry sat out his first season with a redshirt.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Oklahoma’s top-rated signee from the 2015 class will have to make an impact soon. At first, it’ll probably be in a back-up role – directly behind Ogbonnia Okoronkwo to start preseason camp.
Best-case scenario for this season: DeBerry has more potential that Okoronkwo, but Mark Jackson and Caleb Kelly will be breathing down DeBerry’s neck very soon at the ‘Jack’ linebacker position. Best-case and much-needed are exactly the same for DeBerry. He needs to start making an impact. Outside linebacker might be Oklahoma’s more potential-laden position, and DeBerry has to live up to that soon or he could wind up a depth chart casualty.