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Oklahoma football notebook: Lacoltan Bester shined during spring practice

The senior receiver scored a touchdown in an unusual way Saturday. He didn't see much action after that, though.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 14, 2013


The Sooners' tight ends didn't see much work in the passing game Saturday, outside of redshirt freshman Sam Grant, who had three catches.

Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said the Sooners want to use the tight end more than they did a year ago, when Brannon Green's three catches accounted for all of the receptions from the position.

“How many times in the Coach Stoops era had you played without tight ends? Last year, we played without them 90 percent of the time,” Heupel said. “We were a lot different than we had been in the past. We want to play with a tight end. We will play with a tight end as long as we're going to play at a level that gives us a chance to play.”


While Corey Nelson and Frank Shannon figure to see the majority of time at linebacker, Eric Striker has been opening some eyes there.

“That's going to be a great player in this program,” Nelson said of the sophomore from Seffner, Fla. “He's going to be very key down the road. Keep an eye on him. Strike plays with a motor. He plays with so much passion. He just has a knack for the ball and has a knack for being instinctive. He's better than I was my freshman year.”

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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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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