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. 90 – DE Neville Gallimore (6-foot-3, 320 pounds)
Redshirted in the first year on campus
What happened last year: After coming in as a highly touted four-star recruit, Gallimore didn’t play in his first year – instead, taking a redshirt and developing. He was a very raw prospect with a ton of potential when he first got to campus. He developed a bit of refinement in his first season, enough to move up to the depth chart.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. Gallimore is a potential three-year starter in the future. This season is about making sure that he is ready. He’ll likely start as a primary back-up on the defensive line – most likely behind Matt Dimon. He’s more athletic than Dimon, but Dimon has the extreme experience advantage. Gallimore will see reps this season, but he doesn’t have to be a game-changer this year. No, that comes about 365 days later.
Best-case scenario for this season: The simple combination of size and athleticism makes Gallimore a player who needs to be on the field. In all likelihood, he’ll be too good to keep off the field. Every tackle, sack, tackles for loss or any other statistic will be the first of Gallimore’s career. Expect him to pick up a few of those. He’ll probably be in line for two sacks, but the best case for Gallimore would be ending this season as the clear starter for next year. That will be earned as much on the practice field as it will be during games.