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. 36 – FB Dimitri Flowers (6-foot-2, 252 pounds)
130 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns
What happened last year: Flowers played a bigger role in the offense than in his first season on campus, showing an really good ability to catch the ball and find space around the end zone. He’s still a stout blocker and is slowly moving into the revered territory of previous fullbacks JD Runnels, Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Oklahoma just doesn’t NEED Flowers. And at some point, that becomes kind of sad. Flowers is a pretty special athlete, an intelligent player and a thumper in an offense that doesn’t need a full back. He’ll be featured in a few wrinkles – receiving a double-reverse touchdown pass or leaking out of the backfield near the goal line. If he doesn’t make plays, it’s not going to impact Oklahoma too much in a negative way. He also might not be called on to block too much either. There’s a strong chance that Oklahoma can’t hold back its two-headed running back monster anymore.
Best-case scenario for this season: A few more touchdowns and maybe a rushing score are about all the statistical glory that Flowers can hope for. He’ll be more loved by fans after another year as the starting fullback, and anyone who understands football will see his value beyond the stat sheet.