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Friday, June 28, 2013
Crimson Countdown: DT Jordan Phillips

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. 80 Jordan Phillips
Defensive tackle, 6-foot-6, 324 pounds, sophomore

Impact thus far: There has been more hype than substance thus far, even though Phillips slowly came on as a redshirt freshman. He reached the point where he played regularly in OU’s defensive tackle rotation during the home stretch of the 2012 season, finishing with 12 tackles in 10 games played as a redshirt freshman.

Regardless, Phillips has the physical ability to be the next star defensive tackle for the Sooners.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Phillips starts to realize his potential as a sophomore, playing at an all-conference level while providing a solid piece in the middle to build around for defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Phillips, who had a stellar spring game, gets too comfortable with his starting position and doesn’t keep working to become a difference maker along OU’s defensive interior. That’s a worst-case scenario for Phillips and the Sooners’ defense overall, as OU is counting on him to continue to improve and develop into a key part of their defensive plans.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Phillips: B. This season will determine this grade in a lot of ways. As an Under Armour All-American, Phillips was expected to be an impact player, but how he responds to being counted on, and most importantly, how he responds to any success he has on the field is likely to determine this grade.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Phillips: C. The Sooners squandered some opportunities to get Phillips some playing time in key moments early in the 2012 season, yet he did start to play more and more as the season progressed, which should help him handle a bigger role this season.