Oklahoma football notebook: Taylor McNamara excited for OU tight ends' future

Taylor 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.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: March 25, 2014

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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by Ryan Aber
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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