A look back at Nik Bonitto’s Sooner career

In the last two years of his career, few players have had as much of an impact on the defensive side of football as Nik Bonitto did for the Oklahoma Sooners. As Pro Football Focus’ highest-ranked passing thrower in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the Sooners witnessed a dynamic player who could affect both the running and the passing game.

Over the past two seasons, Bonitto has recorded 16 sacks, including nine in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He made his presence felt in the big moments and in the big games. In three games against Texas, Bonitto recorded 4.5 sacks. One of his greatest moments came in the game where Oklahoma fell 28-3 to the Baylor Bears. After a second-half explosion put the Sooners ahead, Baylor led the field.

Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer had driven Baylor just outside the range of the baskets. Twice he attempted to throw the ball flat. The first time, Nik Bonitto read it perfectly then dropped it. When Brewer returned to the pit on the next play, Bonitto didn’t let that shot slip away, throwing his catch and intercepting the pass to end Baylor’s comeback attempt.

Bonitto is now heading to the NFL Draft where he is likely to be called into the top 100 of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was named one of Pro Football Focus’ most underrated prospects ahead of the draft. .

Nik Bonitto’s Oklahoma Profile

Vitals

HT: 6-3

Weight: 240 pounds

Hometown: ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

High school: Saint Thomas Aquinas

247Composite Sports Ranking

four stars | No. 17 OLB | No. 40 in Florida

Career statistics

Table of defense and breakaways
Nail Nail Nail Nail Nail Def Def Smoking Smoking
Year To classify g Solo ast Total Loss SK Int DP IN FF
*2018 IN 2 2 1 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
*2019 IN 13 25 18 43 6.5 3.5 1 4 0 0
*2020 SO ten 19 14 33 11.5 9.0 0 2 0 0
*2021 J.R. 11 23 16 39 15.0 7.0 0 1 2 1
Career 69 49 118 33.0 19.5 1 7 2 1

Honors

  • Under Armor High School All-American
  • First Team Pro Football Focus All-American (2020)
  • Second Team AP All-American (2020)
  • Pro Football Focus Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2021)
  • All-Big 12 Academic Second Team (2020)
  • AP and Coaches Second Team All-Big 12 (2021)
  • Bednarik Prize Semi-Finalist (2021)

Photo gallery of Nik Bonitto’s players

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