Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Crimson Countdown: DT Jordan Wade
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: Wade spent the 2012 redshirting, so he’s never stepped on the field in crimson and cream. His teammates along the offensive line rave about his sheer strength and praised his work on the scout team as a redshirting freshman. He had a solid showing in the spring game and could be poised to help improve the Sooners’ defensive interior this fall.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Wade progressing into impact player along the defensive interior is a dream scenario for the Sooners and the redshirt freshman. OU is in dire need of playmakers at defensive tackle and are hopeful Wade could fill the void at some point. Wade could drastically improve the Sooners’ defense if he’s able to start filling that void in 2013.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Wade is unable to distinguish himself at defensive tackle and does not even progress into a rotational player at the position. That would force the Sooners to play other defensive tackles such as Jordan Phillips more snaps than they would like to this season.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Wade: C. It’s too early to judge Wade. He hasn’t really had the opportunity to prove he can make a difference for OU but there have been signs he could be an impact performer.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Wade: A. There was no reason for the Sooners to force Wade onto the field in 2012, particularly with multiple veterans at the position. Redshirting him and trying to prepare him to make an impact as a redshirt freshman was the right move.