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. 29 – S Prentice McKinney (6-foot-1, 181 pounds)
2 tackles, 1 PBU
What happened last year: Even in limited action, McKinney never really looked over matched in his first year on campus.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. Of the three highly rated safeties that came to Norman two years ago, McKinney is the least likely to make an early impact. He doesn’t need to be a star or even a back-up this season. Sooner or later, he’ll have to play a role, but he still looks to be behind Will Sunderland and Kahlil Haughton on the depth chart. Versatility and special teams are the two ways that McKinney will make an impact over the next two years.
Best-case scenario for this season: McKinney has a nice blend of size and speed to make an impact on special teams. He’s familiar enough with Oklahoma that he should be in a position to make a few plays. Earning some additional reps on defense before the start of the fourth quarter would be a big positive too. You can never have to many strong defensive backs. McKinney appears to be just another player on the back end right now. He has a chance to stand out on rare occasions.