Crimson Countdown: NB Julian Wilson


Over the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We'll analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series. Starting with No. 1 Tony Jefferson, the series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.

No. 2 Julian Wilson

Safety/Nickelback, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Impact so far: After redshirting in 2010, Wilson worked his way into special teams duties last season, working on the kickoff and punt return units. He played in 11 games and finished with two tackles during his first season of game action. A former track standout at Southmoore (Okla.) High School, Wilson brings a good combination of size, speed and athleticism to the secondary.

Impact in 2012: New defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has identified Wilson as one of the Sooners who could benefit from a position change. He moved from cornerback to safety/nickelback this spring and is providing depth behind starter Gabe Lynn.

Wilson should continue to make an impact on OU’s special teams while providing a quality backup option behind Lynn at nickelback as a sophomore.

Impact in 2013 and beyond: With his unique size/speed ratio, Wilson could become a starter before his career is over. The Sooners are likely to bring in talented defensive backs to compete with Wilson during his final three seasons in the program but his physical ability is unique which makes his long-term success dependent on his mental approach and focus during his career.