In recent history, the Oklahoma Sooners have done a fantastic job acquiring players through the transfer portal to play important roles on the team. The quarterback additions of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts and now Dillon Gabriel have helped the Sooners maintain their status as one of college football’s top programs.
And while Dillon Gabriel must take a shot for the Sooners, his move to Norman is part of what gives optimism that the Sooners can face off in 2022. But that’s not all. The Sooners have made several additions from both sides of football that will have a significant impact in 2022.
Look no further than defensive tackle Jeffery Johnson, the transfer from Tulane.
Johnson isn’t the same type of defensive tackle we’ve seen in recent years with Neville Gallimore, Perrion Winfrey and even Jalen Redmond. Johnson is a space eater and mover who will disrupt the inside, making life difficult for opposing guards and centers. His presence will make life easier for the linebacking corps as they seek to fill in from the current play’s second tier and Jalen Redmond as teams need to send two blockers Johnson’s way.
Projecting who will be the most impactful transfers in each position in the 2022 season, Jeffery Johnson was ranked No. 2 among defensive linemen by On3 Sports’ Mike Huguenin.
The lean: Jeffery Johnson was a four-year starter at nose tackle for Tulane, including as a true freshman in 2018, before entering the transfer portal. Johnson (6-2, 313) had 44 tackles last season, along with five tackles for loss, and 33 tackles and six TFLs in 2020. OU is looking to rebuild its defensive line under new coach Brent Venables, and Johnson gives Venables and new DC Ted Roof an experienced plug-and-play guy. Johnson had a good spring for the Sooners and could end up starting next to Jalen Redmond; if he doesn’t start, he will still be an important part of the rotation. – Huguenin, On3 Sports
In 42 games over four seasons with the Green Wave, Johnson had 135 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Against the Sooners in 2021, Johnson had six total tackles and one tackle for loss, providing a challenge to Oklahoma’s offensive line.
And while he will make his presence known primarily as a running defender, Johnson also has the ability to tackle at quarterback. In 2021, he was tied for fourth in total pressure for Tulane, according to Pro Football Focus.
Playing with improved talent along the defensive line, Johnson should be able to make a much bigger impact. Merely his presence will make it difficult against rushing attacks, as his 330-pound frame won’t be easily moved. That size and strength on the inside will be a welcome addition for the Oklahoma Sooners to kick off the Brent Venables era in Norman.
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