Oklahoma football: Receiver Lacoltan Bester has a shot at being drafted

by Jason Kersey Published: May 3, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Lacoltan Bester (11) celebrates a touchdown during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Lacoltan Bester (11) celebrates a touchdown during the NCAA football BCS Sugar Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (UA) at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Bester improved drastically the next offseason and started seven games in 2013, though he still struggled to record eye-catching statistics because Oklahoma lacked a clear offensive identity and a consistently effective quarterback most of the season.

That all changed in the Sugar Bowl, when after a month of preparing, Trevor Knight was magnificent against two-time defending national champion Alabama. Bester caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners’ 45-31 upset victory.

After his senior season ended, Bester went to California to work with former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia, who said he believes Bester has the skills to make it in the NFL.

“I’m excited for Lacoltan,” Garcia said. “I hope that somebody really looks at what he was able to do in that final game against Alabama, once the quarterback situation got settled there at Oklahoma.

“You go onto a big stage like that against a great defensive football team, and there’s no reason that couldn't have been happening more often during the season. It’s unfortunate that it didn't, but hey, we can’t look back now. Gotta move forward and make the most of it.”

Bester played on most of the Sooners’ special teams units over the past two seasons, and said he’s willing to do that — or just about anything else — to prove that he’s worthy of a coveted NFL roster spot.

“Our coaches always told us, ‘Sometimes you’re not gonna be that big, main guy, so you have to start somewhere,’” Bester said. “I wouldn't mind starting on special teams and working my way to the top.”

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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