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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
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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.