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Friday, June 14, 2013
Crimson Countdown: OL Nila Kasitati

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 54 Nila Kasitati
Center/guard, 6-foot-4, 309 pounds, sophomore

Impact thus far: Kasitati has been a tough-luck player since he arrived in Norman. His true freshman and redshirt freshman seasons were both ended by injuries. In 2011 and 2012, Kasitati had earned a spot in the Sooners’ offensive line rotation, only to see injuries end his season prematurely.

If he can stay healthy, Kasitati is one of the Sooners’ best linemen, if he returns to form.

Best case scenario in 2013: Kasitati returns to full health and becomes a key contributor along the Sooners’ offensive line thanks to his versatility. His emergence would give new offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh plenty of options along the offensive interior.

Worst case scenario in 2013: Kasitati is slow to return to full strength and never becomes a legit option at center or guard in 2013.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Kasitati: A. It’s been a terrific evaluation for the Sooners as the main thing keeping the sophomore off the field has been injury. When healthy, he earns himself a spot on the field.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Kasitati: A. The sophomore has played when healthy even though he’s had some talented players ahead of him on the depth chart. The Sooners have done a good job getting him on the field when he’s healthy.