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. 71 – OT Bobby Evans (6-foot-4, 299 pounds)
Redshirt in his first year on campus
What happened last year: Evans took a redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in his final high school season. He rehabbed during the regular season.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Believe it or not, Evans is likely the primary back-up at left tackle – and the long-term future. Orlando Brown has the starting job sown up after taking it away from Josiah St. John last preseason camp. But take last year as enough evidence that a back-up at left tackle is an important position. You can blame Tyrus Thompson, Trent Williams and a few others for ever making you think otherwise.
Best-case scenario for this season: Evans continues his rehab but doesn’t see much game action. After next season, Evans is likely to become the starter as a redshirt junior if Brown leaves early, which he probably would as a three-year starter for a major program. Evans just needs to keep his place in line and all will fall into place. That is unless Dru Samia moves inside to guard and Evans starts at right tackle.