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Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends

by Jason Kersey Published: August 19, 2014
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/articleid/5314518/1/pictures/2386047">Photo -  Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard runs up field for a touchdown during the Sooners' Sugar Bowl win against Alabama. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard runs up field for a touchdown during the Sooners' Sugar Bowl win against Alabama. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

7#Dannon Cavil#6-4#214#RFr.#San Antonio

Cavil redshirted last season, somewhat surprising considering he enrolled early and went through spring football in 2013. Still, he’s absolutely talented enough to get plenty of opportunities this year.

88#Cody Chancellor#6-1#184#So.#Oklahoma City

Chancellor walked on after his standout high school career at Bishop McGuinness ended two years ago.

11#Dorial Green-Beckham#6-6#225#Jr.#Springfield, Mo.

If Green-Beckham wins his appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, he instantly becomes a starter and supplants Shepard as the Sooners’ most seasoned wide receiver. If he doesn’t get a waiver, will he ever play a down in an OU uniform?

15#Jeffery Mead#6-6#184#Fr.#Tulsa

Receivers coach Jay Norvell has specifically mentioned Mead as someone worth keeping an eye on. The former Tulsa Union standout has already impressed Norvell with his route running.

16#Dallis Todd#6-5#204#Fr.#La Mirada, Calif.

The former four-star prospect was expected to see early action — and still may — but it sounds like he might need a little more time to adapt to the college game.

TIGHT END

10#Blake Bell#6-6#259#Sr.#Wichita, Kan.

First, he was the Belldozer. Then he was the Sooners’ starting quarterback for eight games in 2013. Now, everyone inside the program insists he really is a tight end — and that he really is good at it. Knight-to-Bell for a few touchdowns in 2014 would make for a pretty neat story considering how the two were in a season-long quarterback battle last year.

88#Taylor McNamara#6-5#245#So.#San Diego

McNamara caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl, and grabbed two touchdowns in April’s spring game. After some injury problems cost him early playing time, is McNamara finally ready to showcase his talent at this level?

RESERVES

80#Isaac Ijalana#6-4#247#So.#Mount Holly, N.J.

Ijalana, a junior-college transfer, might have a hard time seeing much playing time on offense in 2014 behind Bell and McNamara.

89#Connor Knight#6-4#244#So.#San Antonio

Trevor Knight’s twin brother, an OU walk-on, plays a lot of special teams and is a hard worker.

45#Carson Meier#6-6#226#Fr.#Tulsa

The former Tulsa Union standout has the potential to be a great OU tight end eventually, but will likely redshirt this year.

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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