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.
No. 56 Ty Darlington
Center, 6-foot-3, 282 pounds, sophomore
Impact thus far: Darlington could easily be considered the surprise freshman of 2012. When he signed in February 2012, the Sooners had two quality options returning at center with Ben Habern and Gabe Ikard. Yet there was Darlington starting a game as a true freshman against Baylor, replacing an injured Ikard, in early November. And he excelled against the Bears, drawing praise from coach Bob Stoops after his first collegiate start.