Oklahoma football: A closer look at the Sooners' recent impact transfers at wide receiver

While the circumstances of each are different, Jay Norvell and the rest of Oklahoma’s offensive coaches have had a good track record of bringing in receivers who make an impact. Will Dorial Green-Beckham follow suit?
by Ryan Aber Published: July 3, 2014

Oklahoma has had good luck recently with wide receivers who have transferred in from other Division I programs. While the circumstances of each are different, Jay Norvell and the rest of Oklahoma’s offensive coaches have had a good track record of bringing in receivers who make an impact. Will Dorial Green-Beckham follow suit? Here’s a look at the two recent transfer wide receivers and their impact.


Justin Brown

The circumstances: Brown came to Oklahoma with immediate eligibility in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State and the Nittany Lions’ long-term sanctions that followed.

The result: After catching 73 passes for 1,047 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons at Penn State, Brown had a breakout season for the Sooners in 2012. He caught 73 passes for 879 yards and five touchdowns and returned a punt for a score before being drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round in 2013.

Jalen Saunders

The circumstances: After a coaching change at Fresno State, coupled with his father’s illness, Saunders decided to look elsewhere. At Fresno State, Saunders had 2,527 all-purpose yards and earned first-team All-WAC honors.

The result: Saunders wasn’t immediately eligible at OU, sitting out the first few games in 2012 while awaiting a ruling on his appeal for immediate eligibility. Saunders quickly became the Sooners’ top pass-catching target, though, when he was ruled eligible in the time for the Texas game. He had 62 catches for 829 yards and three touchdowns as a junior, then had 61 catches for 729 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Saunders also returned three punts for scores while at OU.

by Ryan Aber
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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