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. 57 – DT Du'Vonta Lampkin (6-foot-4, 332 pounds)
Redshirted in his first year on campus
What happened last year: After signing with Texas but unable to enroll because of a miscommunication in the academic process, Lampkin finally wound up at Oklahoma after a long, drawn-out ordeal. The former Scout 300 recruit drew great reviews in practice regarding his potential.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. Lampkin might be a long-term answer on the defensive edge for the Sooners, but immediately, he’s down on the depth chart – a back-up at the very best. He doesn’t need to accomplish much in order for Oklahoma to be successful, but the Sooners would love for him to step up and show that Oklahoma won’t lose much if Charles Walker does in fact leave school early. Lampkin could serve as a back-up on either side of the line. His size makes him versatile.
Best-case scenario for this season: Behind Walker and Matt Dimon at defensive end, there isn’t much experience. Lampkin is one of those options. Neville Gallimore also redshirted last season. Austin Roberts transferred from East Mississippi Community College and didn’t make a tackle last year. D.J. Ward has the most experience of the back-ups, but he’s been developing slowly. The question is whether Lampkin could jump all of them – or even all but one. Lampkin has a chance to climb the depth chart to Walker’s back-up. That would be a pretty successful season for the redshirt freshman.