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Oklahoma football: Dorial Green-Beckham learning a lot

Although he’s still waiting to hear if he will play for the Sooners this year, the former Missouri wide receiver is having the ‘dog’ pushed out of him by the OU staff.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 19, 2014

photo -  Dorial Green-Beckham is now awaiting word from the NCAA on his appeal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Dorial Green-Beckham is now awaiting word from the NCAA on his appeal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

While the other tall receivers are young and raw, though, Green-Beckham is ready to be one of OU’s top offensive weapons.

Last season, he had 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Tigers and was the best player on the field during Missouri’s SEC Championship Game loss to Auburn.

Since Green-Beckham’s arrival, Norvell has pushed him to exceed that production, whether it’s this year or whenever he gets to play next.

“I tell him every day, ‘How great do you wanna be? Do you wanna be great or do you wanna be average?’” Norvell said. “Great players separate themselves. Great players wanna be the best at the little things.

“Things other people take for granted, the great ones, they don’t.”

Green-Beckham’s biggest adjustment has been adjusting to the tempo OU uses on offense.

“Our offense is very fast and with him trying to still learn about the offense, he gets stuck on some plays, but he’s getting better every day,” Neal said.

Neal has helped Green-Beckham make those adjustments.

“Anytime he needs to know something, I answer it for him,” Neal said. “If I see that there’s something that he’s doing that I can help him with, I know I’ll try to get that to him before coach Jay does. That’ll stop him from getting yelled at.”

As good as Green-Beckham was at Missouri, though, Norvell insists he can be so much more.

“He came here to learn new things,” Norvell said. “He’s learning to work hard in between plays. We say it takes 21 days to learn a pattern. We’re on day 15.

“We’re trying to build habits right now, and he’s making progress.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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