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. 63 – OG Alex Dalton (6-foot-3, 290 pounds)
What happened last year: After playing in seven games in his first season on the field, Dalton suffered a torn ACL in preparation for the Orange Bowl. He showed great versatility by playing all three interior line spots and served for much of the season as the emergency back-up at center.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. Without a torn ACL, which caused Dalton to miss all of spring practice, he would likely be the frontrunner to start at one of Oklahoma’s two open spots at guard. Instead, he’s just trying to recover. The usual recovery process for an ACL injury is at least 10 months, which would put his full return in October at the very earliest. He’ll work his way back slowly, but if he makes a strong recovery, Dalton will definitely be in the rotation and maybe even start a game or two late in the season.
Best-case scenario for this season: Ending the year fully healthy is a start from Dalton. Winning a starting guard spot moving into the following season would be a great – yet capable – achievement. The former three-star lineman likely would have made a big impact this season if not for injury. So any contribution would be a plus for Oklahoma but it’s far more important that Dalton returns next year at full health.