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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)

— Dorial Green-Beckham came to Norman looking like the complete wide receiver.

The lessons he needed to learn after being dismissed from Missouri following his sophomore season seemed to reside off the field.

But since Green-Beckham came to Oklahoma this summer looking for a second chance, he’s learning plenty on the field as well.

“We just push the dog out of him,” Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said. “We train him like he’s going to play. … We’re getting him there. He’s not there yet. We’re really working with him. He’s spent extra time after practice just getting on the same page.”

Green-Beckham was cut loose by Missouri following allegations that he pushed his way into an apartment and shoved a woman down several stairs. He was not charged in the incident, but the allegations, paired with his two previous arrests in recent years for marijuana-related offenses, led to his dismissal.

If Green-Beckham is given immediate eligibility by the NCAA — and sources indicated OU officials are “confident” that he will be — he gives the Sooners a dynamic they’ve lacked in recent years.

The Sooners’ two returning receivers with significant experience — Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal — are 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-11.

The two leading receivers who left the Sooners after last year, Jalen Saunders and Lacoltan Bester, were 5-foot-9 and 6-foot-3.

Green-Beckham is 6-foot-6.

If Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight has a target that big on the outside, it could be a big boost for the offense.

“I think you take more chances as a quarterback throwing it to those guys because they are bigger targets and we’ve see some advantages of that,” Norvell said. “We’re obviously going to utilize those kids in a little bit different way and they also become excellent red-zone targets. We’re happy to have those bigger bodies in the program. We’ve been trying to get them for a long time.”

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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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