He didn’t make his first career reception until a 4-yard catch in the Sugar Bowl three months ago.
Ijalana, a junior-college transfer from Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif., made an 18-yard reception Saturday.
Flowers, who coaches and teammates have frequenty compared to Millard, came out with the first-team offense and was impressive, catching the first pass of the game from Knight.
There was a brief scare in the fourth quarter when cornerback Zack Sanchez came in for a low tackle on Flowers, who appeared to suffer a knee injury.
Coach Bob Stoops said after the game, though, that Flowers’ injury was just a hyperextension.
“Obviously, a knee is a scary thing,” Flowers said. “But as soon as I got up and got it moving, I felt pretty good.”
After Saturday’s spring game, OU fans everywhere have to feel pretty good themselves about the future of the tight end position.
“It’s a position we want to keep in the mix and keep on the field,” McNamara said. “I think we proved ourselves a little bit today.”