Which youngster will be most improved?

June, 11, 2012
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Every Monday during the summer, the SoonerNation staff answers a roundtable question. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Today's question: Who will be the Sooners' most improved redshirt freshman or sophomore?

In just a couple of plays during the Red-White spring game, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips showed what he's capable of. Phillips has already wowed teammates and coaches with freaky athleticism for a player of his size. Next season as a redshirt freshman, Phillips will begin wowing the rest of us. The Sooners need a difference-maker to emerge up front. Assuming he works his way into the tackle rotation, Phillips just might be that guy.

- Jake Trotter

Tackle Daryl Williams will make the biggest jump from his redshirt freshman to sophomore season. He was slated to start at right tackle for the Sooners as a redshirt freshman but an ankle injury in the season opener against Tulsa hampered him throughout the 2011 season. Expect Williams to progress from potential starter to a cornerstone of the Sooners offensive line this season after locking down the starting right tackle position during spring football.

- Brandon Chatmon

Ask me in February, and my clear answer was wide receiver Kameel Jackson. I do think Jackson is going to work himself back into the good graces, but it won't be easy. I'm staying on offense and saying fullback Aaron Ripkowski is going to make some noise in 2012. Because of the versatility of Trey Millard, I expect Ripkowski to get more chances at the traditional role of fullback. He turned heads as a freshman and has the perfect fullback name in Ripkowski.

- Bob Przybylo

While Lane Johnson was solid but not spectacular at right tackle for the Sooners in 2011, Daryl Williams was a non-factor.. Expect Williams' role to change significantly this season as he has already locked down the starting job coming out of spring. Williams has the potential to be an all-conference lineman, barring any injuries which was his downfall last season. Williams will likely be the youngest member of OU's line, but he's also one of its most talented.

- Dane Beavers

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