Tight end hasn’t been a big part of the Sooners’ passing game the last few years, except for occasional passes to fullbacks lined up at tight end. Here’s a look at the current tight ends on Oklahoma’s roster who are most likely to contribute.
6-6, 264, senior
Bell will miss the rest of spring practice after suffering a knee injury last week but should be ready for summer workouts. Bell moved from quarterback after last season but has drawn strong reviews from coaches and quarterback Trevor Knight for his hands. His blocking needs to improve before he makes an impact.
6-4, 248, So.
Ijalana is a junior college transfer who enrolled in January. He played just five games last season with eight catches for 80 yards. He has the bloodlines for blocking. Brother Ben is an offensive lineman for the New York Jets.
6-4, 230, So.
The walk-on saw time on special teams last season. If nothing else, Knight has the advantage of having plenty of rapport with the Sooners’ quarterback — his twin brother Trevor Knight.
6-5, 240, So.
McNamara arrived with high hopes before the 2012 season. He quickly earned a start in the second game of that season before a shoulder injury led to a medical redshirt. McNamara had his first career reception in the Sugar Bowl and figures to be the most prepared for both the pass-catching and blocking responsibilities of the position.