NORMAN — Tight end Taylor McNamara arrived in Norman with high expectations. He was a U.S. Army All-American and a four-star recruit before signing with Oklahoma and enrolling early in 2012.
McNamara started the second game of his freshman season before an injury lead to a medical redshirt.
Last year, he played in just three games — at Baylor, at Oklahoma State and in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama.
In the Sugar Bowl, he had his first career reception — a 4-yard catch.
Now a sophomore, McNamara hopes to transform into the dynamic playmaking tight end that he expected to be when he chose to come to OU.
McNamara spoke earlier this week about the role of tight ends in the offense, Trevor Knight and Blake Bell and his favorite spot to get away from football.
Q: Are you receiving more reps this year than in your first two years here?
A: “Yeah, definitely. It’s important. I want to be a playmaker, and I want to be out there. It means a lot. I want to help us be good this year.”
Are you confident the tight end will play a major role in this offense?
“Yeah. We’re using more guys out there in a lot of different personnel groupings. We’ve got four guys in our room, I think, that can be really, really big playmakers. I’m excited. I just want the team to get here. It’s close.”
Does it help having a former quarterback like Blake Bell in the tight end room?
“That’s what has helped Blake pick it up so fast. He went from having to know the whole progression to, ‘Now I’ve just got one job.’ That’s not too tough for him to pick up. That’s helped him make that adjustment.”
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