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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Crimson Countdown: OT Daryl Williams

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. 79 Daryl Williams,
Offensive tackle, 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, junior

Impact thus far: Williams already is one of the Sooners’ top offensive lineman yet still has room for improvement heading into his junior season. He started the first game of his career, but the injury bug hit and he lost his starting spot and saw spot duty in nine game as a redshirt freshman. He started every game as a sophomore until he was injured against West Virginia, missing the final two games of the regular season. Injuries, not lack of production, tend to be the only thing keeping Williams from making a positive impact on the program.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Williams plays at an all-conference level while providing a consistent anchor on the right side of the line.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Having made a significant impact during his first two seasons on the field, Williams becomes complacent for some reason. However, losing his starting spot as a redshirt freshman humbled him, and he talked during his sophomore campaign about never allowing that to happen again.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Williams: A. Williams is extremely talented and has matched that talent with production early in his career. A three-star recruit out of high school, Williams has outperformed those expectations thus far.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Williams: A. Williams had work to do to become a key contributor when he initially stepped on campus in 2010. The Sooners and Williams deserve credit for taking advantage of that redshirt season and improving his technique enough to put him in position to start his first career game.