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. 75 – OT Dru Samia (6-foot-4, 274 pounds)
What happened last year: Samia became the first true freshman to start at Oklahoma in the season opener since 1946. Teaming up with Orlando Brown, a redshirt freshman, they became the first two freshmen to start a season opener in Oklahoma history. By the end of the season, Samia might have been the best offensive lineman at Oklahoma – save for maybe his other bookend, Brown. Samia is primed to be a four-year starter, which comes rare at a school like Oklahoma.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 8. The talent is there, but the depth behind Samia is a major question. That puts Samia about as high as possible on the importance scale for Oklahoma. Josiah St. John was a sound back-up last year, but with Christian Daimler and Bobby Evans behind him, there are some holes – as far as experience is concerned. Samia is a staple on the offensive line and will be a source of consistency this season. Samia was always behind the curve initially from a physicality standpoint, but his mental game always has been on point. With no player on the offensive line with more than a year of experience, Samia will be a calm head in the trenches and a stabilizing force for picking apart opposing defenses.
Best-case scenario for this season: It’s simple: No injuries and an All-Conference nod. There’s a chance that Samia gets an All-America nod, although he’d have to have a perfect season. Brown earned All-Conference honors this season, so Samia won’t be that far behind. Keeping quarterback Baker Mayfield will need to stay upright, and there’s a lot of weight on Samia’s shoulders.