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. 94 – DE Matt Dimon (6-foot-2, 215 pounds)
34 tackles, 7 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
What happened last year: In his first full year as a starter, Dimon was strong on the opposite side of Charles Tapper – finally living up to his “Dimon in the Rough” moniker. He started all 13 games and had some great moments early in the season. In his first three years on campus, Dimon has played in 33 games. As the starting defensive end last year, he had seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to become a potential leader in his final season with the Sooners.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. Dimon will enter the year as a starter for the second straight season, but he will be pushed heavily by redshirt freshman Neville Gallimore. Dimon came to Oklahoma as a four-star commit, and he will be counted on this year as the Sooners replace five starters on defense. The Sooners will rely on Dimon for leadership and increased production. Dimon will be needed but not on the level of the rest of the roster. That’s not a knock on Dimon. It’s a compliment to Gallimore, who is arguably the best back up at any position on the roster. Dimon will get the first shot, and Oklahoma would definitely prefer that he stands up strong as senior.
Best-case scenario for this season: There’s no reason to think that Dimon won’t be the starter all season. He probably will never see any less than a 60-40 split with Gallimore and shouldn’t find himself in that position anyhow. Dimon has a chance to be an All-Conference lineman at the end of the season, totaling up to four sacks this season. Doubling the total from his junior season would be tough but five is still within reach.