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Oklahoma football: Sooners add Jay Boulware to staff

Bob Stoops completed his 2013-14 Oklahoma coaching staff with Friday's announcement that Jay Boulware will coach tight ends and special teams. Boulware spent the last four seasons in the same position at Auburn, and comes to Oklahoma after a short stint at Wisconsin.
From Staff Reports Published: March 1, 2013

Last season, tight ends were rarely used in the Sooners' offense. Midway through the 2011 season, promising tight end Austin Haywood quit the team. Then, James Hanna and Trent Ratterree graduated, leaving OU with no returners at the position for 2012.

Junior-college transfer Brannon Green caught a touchdown in Oklahoma's season-opening win at UTEP, but didn't produce consistently enough throughout the year.

Freshman Taylor McNamara had shoulder surgery in October and missed the rest of the season; he was granted a medical redshirt and returns without having lost a year of eligibility in 2013.

Stoops declared converted defensive end Geneo Grissom the starter at tight end during fall camp, but the sophomore was suspended for the UTEP game, eventually switched back to his old position and ultimately started the Sooners' Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M.

Longtime Stoops assistant Bobby Jack Wright was special teams coordinator last season. According to the news release announcing Boulware's hire, he “will also have special teams duties to be further defined at a later date.”

Last season, Auburn's punt coverage unit ranked second in the nation, allowing a four-yard per return average on 70 punts. The Tigers also ranked third nationally in kickoff coverage.