Oklahoma football: Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham a 'once-in-a-decade talent'

OU coaches clearly believe that in a new environment, former Missouri wideout Dorial Green-Beckham can thrive and turn his life around. But did the decision ultimately come down to Green-Beckham’s tremendous — and rare — talent? You bet it did.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 6, 2014


photo - Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham runs into the end zone after catching a 9-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham runs into the end zone after catching a 9-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

“He was a great kid, just made a bad choice,” said a current Missouri football player who asked to remain anonymous.

The player added that Green-Beckham is “a great steal for OU.”

If he can stay out of trouble and gain immediate eligibility, he’ll be an especially great steal for the Sooners. OU is pursuing an NCAA waiver that would allow Green-Beckham to play in 2014.

Oklahoma enters the season with national championship aspirations, but the wide receiver corps is one position group that is a concern. The Sooners lost Jalen Saunders, Lacoltan Bester and Jaz Reynolds to graduation, and junior Sterling Shepard is the only returner with any significant experience at this level.

Junior Durron Neal; sophomores Derrick Woods and Austin Bennett; and freshmen Jordan Smallwood, Dallis Todd and Michiah Quick figure to be Oklahoma’s best options at receiver outside of Shepard. All are talented, but lack much college football experience.

Green-Beckham’s baggage is obviously concerning, but this OU coaching staff isn’t careless. Plus, a decision like this would’ve had to involve Stoops’ bosses, including athletic director Joe Castiglione and probably even university President David Boren.

All those folks were clearly convinced Green-Beckham deserves a second chance and is capable of making the right decisions in the future. But at the end of the day, his freakish football skills are what ultimately made this a risk worth taking.

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...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    American Dream turned nightmare: 40 hour work week grows to 47-60 hours
  2. 2
    Texas A&M win means $1M in furniture for fans
  3. 3
    Teacher Who Resigned Accused of Having Cocaine Delivered to Her at School
  4. 4
    In just 6 months, 37,477 illegal immigrant kids released, only 280 deported
  5. 5
    'Tragic accident': Family of Uzi mishap victim doesn't blame girl
+ show more