Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 12

OU starting middle linebacker Tom Wort

Sooners Illustrated now presents the halfway point in the defensive countdown.

No. 12:

Player: Tom Wort

Position: Starting MIKE linebacker

The rundown: This 6-foot-1, 225 lb,., linebacker from New Braunfels, Texas, had a season-ending injury during preseason camp a year ago, and because of that he had to redshirt for the 2009 season. But he's a talented guy that was the No. 5 weak-side linebacker coming out of high school and has a lot to offer as a starter for the Sooners.

Expectations for 2010: Wort is currently listed as the starter, but it's also possible that Austin Box could work his way into the mix there. Regardless, Wort will see a great amount of playing time throughout the 2010 season. He really has a chance to solidify this group that also includes starters Ronnell Lewis and Travis Lewis.

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