Oklahoma sophomore tight end Taylor McNamara admits being a little concerned about his future with the program a couple years ago, when he was injured as a true freshman and watched the Sooner offense rarely use tight ends.
McNamara was injured early enough in the 2012 season to receive a medical redshirt, but for most of 2013, the only tight ends regularly used were fullbacks Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski.
“I was young and kinda stubborn,” McNamara said of his attitude in 2012. “Now, as I’m older, I’m realizing they just want the best players out there. That’s how it works here.”
McNamara took full advantage of the Sooners’ month-long Sugar Bowl preparations, and ended up making the first reception of his career in Oklahoma’s upset victory over Alabama.
“The whole year, I was just working to get better,” McNamara said. “That’s what you’re doing the whole time, and eventually, I got good enough to where they thought I could help the team. I got to play a little bit.
“Heck, I’m out there trying to play. I don’t wanna sit my whole career here. I want to make an impact, so it was good to make a little impact there.”
IKARD, MILLARD AWARDED GRAD SCHOOL GRANTS
The NCAA announced Tuesday that former OU football players Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard, along with volleyball player Sallie McLaurin, have been awarded grants to attend graduate school on either a part-time or full-time basis.
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