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. 55 – DE Kenneth Mann (6-foot-3, 255 pounds)
Redshirted in his first year on campus
What happened last year: In his first year on campus, Mann took a redshirt.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 2. Mann sits off the two-deep and probably off the three-deep as well. He’ll have some work to do to make an impact of any kind this season. He still has some development after coming to Oklahoma as a three-star recruit out of high school.
Best-case scenario for this season: Oklahoma will likely lose its starting defensive ends after last season – Charles Walker will leave early and Matt Dimon will graduate. Another strong year of growth could put Mann in position to make an impact next season. Mann won’t see the field this year unless the Sooners are decimated by injury. He has to develop a little bit more.