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Monday, June 24, 2013
Crimson Countdown: OL Adam Shead

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. 74 Adam Shead
Guard, 6-foot-4, 311 pounds, junior

Impact thus far: Shead has been an impact player since his redshirt freshman season and should continue to be a key contributor for the remainder of his career if he pushes himself to improve each year. He started five games as a redshirt freshman, forcing his way into the lineup midway through the season. He followed that debut by starting all 13 games as a sophomore. He’s started 18 of 23 career games after redshirting the 2010 season. His ability to move and willingness to be physical in the running game makes him a valuable asset.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Shead continues to be an anchor of the Sooners’ offensive line by raising his level of play and continuing to improve. The junior has some unique talents but needs to push himself to a higher level during his final two seasons in crimson and cream.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Shead doesn’t improve from his sophomore to junior season. With more depth at guard this season, he will have to compete to keep his starting spot and there’s no guarantee he’ll be locked in along OU’s offensive interior.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Shead: A-minus. He has made a solid impact since his redshirt freshman season, yet has the potential to be even better.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Shead: A. Even though the Sooners had experienced players at the guard spot during Shead’s redshirt freshman season, they still played him in 10 games, which helped prepare him to start 13 games as a sophomore.