Oklahoma will pursue a waiver for immediate eligibility for wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was added to the Sooners’ roster on Thursday. If Green-Beckham is eligible this season, he would give a boost to a group that was hit hard by graduation last season.
A look at the Sooners receiving corps:
Sterling Shepard, junior: Shepard is the clear leader of the group, though on paper he would seem to make an ideal tandem with Green-Beckham with the 5-foot-10 Shepard playing slot and the 6-foot-6 Beckham on the outside. Shepard is the only returning receiver who has produced consistently, with 96 catches for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons.
Durron Neal, junior: Neal played in all 13 games last season, starting two. Another shorter receiver (5-11), Neal had 13 catches for 176 yards last year.
Derrick Woods, sophomore: Woods had just two catches for 29 yards last season, but the second was a highlight-reel 20-yarder against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Woods is expected to be a bigger factor this season.
Austin Bennett, sophomore: Saw time in seven games last season but didn’t have a catch after the Tulsa game in mid-September.
Michiah Quick, freshman: Quick is a true freshman, but many expect him to produce quickly for OU after coming in as the No. 4-ranked athlete in the country by Rivals as a senior. Quick had 56 catches for 1,035 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior.
K.J. Young, redshirt freshman: Young was the talk of bowl practices as he took advantage of the time for younger players to stand out. In the spring game, though, the 6-footer had just two catches for 13 yards.
Dannon Cavil, redshirt freshman: Cavil enrolled at OU early in 2013 to try to compete for immediate playing time but it never materialized. At 6-foot-4, Cavil has the size that not many OU receivers do right now.
Jordan Smallwood, redshirt freshman: Smallwood likely would’ve had a chance at playing time last season before a foot injury ended his season before practice even began. Smallwood returned in December, then made a big impression in the spring, including some big plays in the spring game.
Others: Mark Andrews (Fr.), Jeffery Mead (Fr.), Dallis Todd (Fr.).