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. 52 – G Jamal Danley (6-foot-3, 323 pounds)
What happened last year: Danley saw action in just the season opener against Akron last season and was injured for much of the year.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. Because of position changes, Oklahoma will have to replace its two starting guards from last season. Coming out of the spring, it was a five-horse race with Danley moving closer to the front than the back. Ben Powers and Cody Ford are also vying for the two starting spots as well as Christian Daimler and Ashton Julious. Danley likely would have been in the guard rotation last year, which was his first on campus after an All-American junior college career. He’ll be back in the rotation at the very least this season.
Best-case scenario for this season: The starting guard spot is open, and Danley was in the running for the starting left guard spot last year. He takes it in preseason camp and never relinquishes it. As a senior, he makes all 13 starts and is even drafted late in the NFL Draft.