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. 93 – DT Jordan Wade (6-foot-3, 311 pounds)
23 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
What happened last year: Ever since Wade filled in long-term for Jordan Phillips two years ago after an injury, he has seen a slight drop in importance and use – although, last year was the best of his career. Wade’s experience has been key to developing youth on the defensive line. He went from eight-game starter as a true freshman two years ago to in-often used lineman last year to solid back-up last season, when he played in all 13 games.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. But he still sits third on the depth chart behind Matthew Romar and Marquise Overton at defensive tackle. Without an injury, Wade likely won’t see much action in the final season of his Oklahoma career. He won’t need to be productive this season save for a couple plays in which he will see action. Oklahoma’s defensive line definitely doesn’t hinge on Wade’s play.
Best-case scenario for this season: Wade won’t play his way into a starting role, but he certainly could pass Overton for the time being – or split back-up reps at the very least. It’s more likely that Wade sees even less time than last season, though.