Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Crimson Countdown: G Bronson Irwin
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.
From No. 1 Kendal Thompson to No. 99 Chaz Nelson, SoonerNation is evaluating the Oklahoma roster numerically. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
Impact thus far: The 2012 season was Irwin’s first as a starter. He was solid, starting all 13 games despite dealing with some injuries, particularly late in the season. During his first two seasons, Irwin provided quality depth along the offensive interior. He’s a very solid offensive lineman who should bring experience and consistency to the table as a senior. He's played in 34 career games with his lone starts coming during last season.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Irwin plays the majority of snaps at right guard and teams with Gabe Ikard to provide one of the Big 12’s best offensive interior lines. If he raises his level of play as a senior, it will lessen the depth concerns with inexperience and players returning from injury behind him on the depth chart.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: The competition gets the best of Irwin and he ends up sharing snaps at guard during his final season in crimson and cream. Dionte Savage, Nila Kasitati and others could be in the mix for playing time at guard.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Irwin: B. Irwin hasn’t been a star, but he’s been a contributor since his true freshman season in 2010. He never redshirted, and he’s earned playing time along the offensive line since his sophomore season.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Irwin: A+. The Sooners did a great job getting Irwin’s feet wet during when he was a freshman and sophomore. It allowed him to seamlessly step into a starting role as a junior.