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.”