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Oklahoma football notebook: Lacoltan Bester shined during spring practice

The senior receiver scored a touchdown in an unusual way Saturday. He didn't see much action after that, though.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 14, 2013

Oklahoma's first spring-game touchdown Saturday was unusual, to say the least.

On the Sooners' first offensive drive — with junior Blake Bell at quarterback — senior running back Damien Williams took a handoff and fumbled the ball forward. Senior wideout Lacoltan Bester picked it up, sprinted past the defense and scored a 35-yard touchdown.

OU coaches have praised Bester's performance throughout spring practices, and the senior, who transferred last summer from East Mississippi Community College, started the spring game.

After his odd touchdown, though, Bester didn't see much action. Bester appeared in 12 games last season, catching only three passes for 29 yards.

“Lacoltan Bester has had a huge spring,” said coach Bob Stoops. “He's really, really come on this spring. He didn't have a chance to do much today, but I've seen him through many practices this spring really play well.”


Stoops was asked after the spring game if his three quarterbacks' performances in that setting would carry added weight when coaches decide on their 2013 starter.

“A little bit, probably,” Stoops said. “But it isn't going to be the determining factor.”

Bell completed 14 of 23 passes for 213 yards with two touchdowns. Sophomore Kendal Thompson was 8 of 15 for 86 yards and a score, and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight completed 11 of 17 passes, with 151 yards and a touchdown.

Knight also made a critical mistake deep in his own territory; he dropped a shotgun snap, which was picked up by linebacker Frank Shannon for an easy defensive touchdown.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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