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. 50 – LB Arthur McGinnis (6-foot-1, 248 pounds)
Redshirted in his first year on campus
What happened last year: McGinnis redshirted in his first year after being slowed in the summer by a back injury.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. There’s a bit of a race to fill in the two-deep behind Tay Evans and Jordan Evans at middle linebacker. McGinnis isn’t out of the race, but he’s pretty far from the lead. He’s likely behind Curtis Bolton and Kapri Doucet and maybe even incoming freshman Jon-Michael Terry. There’s a lot of work to do, and McGinnis will likely do it on the practice field.
Best-case scenario for this season: McGinnis needs to stay healthy at this point. The only way he’s going to see the field on special teams is if he’s not injured. That’s the starting point before he could have a chance to make an impact on special teams, possibly late in the season.