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

After a redshirt, Ricky DeBerry looks to find significant snaps after being one of the top recruits of the 2015 class

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.

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