During 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 he arrived on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Tony Jefferson, the daily series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.
No. 69 Lane Johnson
Offensive tackle, 6-foot-6, 296 pounds
Impact so far: Johnson struggled to find a home early in his OU career. After redshirting in 2009, Johnson bounced from tight end to defensive end in 2010 before finally finding a home at offensive tackle in the spring of 2011. Last season, Johnson started the season as Daryl Williams' backup at right tackle then started the final 12 games at right tackle after a nagging ankle injury kept Williams from returning to full strength.
Johnson is an athletic talent who is continuing to work on his fundamentals heading into his final season. He had a solid first season as a starter but has plenty of room to improve.
Impact in 2012: The most experienced tackle on the roster, Johnson should start at left tackle this fall but he will have to earn the starting nod after a strong spring from Tyrus Thompson. Regardless, Johnson should be a key contributor at tackle for the Sooners.
Impact in 2013 and beyond: Johnson will be remembered for his willingness to learn and try different positions until the coaches found a good fit for him. He’s also a great example of a terrific student athlete as a Academic All-Big 12 first-teamer.