January 3, 2010

Did Sooner Seniors Live Up to their Rankings

When most of 2009's senior arrived in Norman there were some serious questions about where the program was headed after a tumultuous 2005 season. But four seasons, 42 wins, and three Big 12 titles later and it's clear Oklahoma's senior class of 2009 was among the most successful in school history. Because of the immense success that this group of players had over their careers, we thought it would be interesting to revisit their individual rankings coming out of high school or junior college and re-rank them based on what they did during their time at Lindsey and Jenkins. Here is our take on how the rankings would look with the benefit of hindsight.

NOTE: Any player that finished out his collegiate career will be given
at least two stars, for that in and of itself is a significant accomplishment
that not every player achieves. Also included are any early entrants into the NFL draft.

Re-ranking Oklahoma's 2009 Senior Class

Mike Balogun
- 2008

Junior College Ranking:

College Re-Ranking:

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Mary.

Height/Weight: 6-2 / 250


Junior College


KEY STATISTICS: No one knew quite what to expect of Balogun when he arrived in Norman and after sitting on the bench most of the season he did little to remedy the questions. However after injuries to both Ryan Reynolds and his replacement Austin Box the Sooners placed Balogun in the starting line-up for the Big 12 champiosnhip and BCS title game and he answered the bell in the BCS game with six tackles and an overall strong performance.

REASON BEHIND THE RANKING: Balogun might have ended up higher on this list if not for the unfortunate situation that unfolded this season but at the end of the day he had two career starts and did little outside of those two games.


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