Monday, July 8, 2013
Crimson Countdown: DE Charles Tapper
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.
Impact thus far: Tapper has had a minimal impact on the Sooners thus far but has flashed unique talent for a player his size. The former prep basketball standout in Baltimore played his way out of a redshirt season in 2012 and finished with two tackles in five games played. He immediately impressed upon his arrival in Norman as a true freshman but never saw consistent time on the field during his first collegiate campaign.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Tapper begins to realize his potential and becomes a force along the defensive line for OU. His combination of size, strength, quickness and athleticism could provide the foundation for the sophomore to be a difference maker for the Sooners as early as this season.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Tapper cannot secure himself a spot in the Sooners’ defensive plan as he strives to improve his technique and fundamentals. The talent is there, but his limited football background could slow his overall development.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Tapper: B. The Sooners were one of the first teams to recognize Tapper’s potential as a football player and offered him after his junior season, his first year playing high school football. The fact he played himself out of a redshirt season shows his immense potential, but this grade won’t become an A until Tapper starts producing on the field.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Tapper: F. Much like Mike Onuoha, OU wasted a season of eligibility for Tapper. While he showed enough potential to play immediately during the preseason, Tapper only saw spot duty in five games and never really saw the field with the Sooners' starting defense. A redshirt season probably would have been the best move for the Sooners and Tapper.