Jordan Wade, Defensive Tackle
2013 Stats: 17 total tackles, 1.15 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks
Jordan Wade received playing time as a freshman at the beginning of the year, being featured in multiple games. He relieved Jordan Phillips, who was injured in the win over Notre Dame, and contributed in a starting role near the end of the season.
In his first season, he was able to make some impact, though, he did not play in every game.
He didn’t fill up the stat sheet, however, watching him play, he was able to get penetration against multiple offensive lines, enabling other defensive players to end the play. Intangibles.
Sometimes what isn’t seen, is just as important as what can be seen.
He recorded three tackles against the Alabama Crimson Tide, being credited half a sack, and recorded four tackles against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
He is fully capable of being a disruptive force and excelled in applying pressure on offenses in his first year. He should be featured more on the defensive line next season.
A common issue amongst the defense, which will be a theme, is the inability to stop the run across the board at times.
The run defense improved from the previous year as they jumped to 24th from the 94th in the country, which is nothing short of a great improvement.
Wade also appeared to be susceptible to the play action at times. If he can continue to work hard and keep improving, he will be a more complete defensive tackle for the Sooners.