“He was working out with us, running, lifting, catching balls and going to class,” Stephens said of Bester's summer. “He really hunkered down on his classes. The University of Oklahoma was in contact with our athletic academic advisers daily, many times a day.
“Oklahoma did their job, we did our job and Colt did his.”
If Bester wows coaches in practice and contributes like Stephens thinks he will, don't expect Stoops to let Bester anywhere near the scout team.
It might be tough, though; Stephens said he simply loves playing football. All the time.
“He's a really country kid, very humble,” Stephens said. “He really enjoys playing the game and he has a great understanding of it.
“I think he's going to make an immediate impact. When you watch him, you'll see he's a big-time talent. Very much an athlete.”
An early contribution from Bester would provide a huge boost for Landry Jones and the Sooners' passing attack. Kenny Stills is the only active OU receiver or tight end with a career Division I reception, leaving the receiving corps inexperienced and possibly reliant on true freshmen.
Bester's eligibility is welcome news, also, because Courtney Gardner's remains uncertain.
Gardner completed summer classes Thursday at Sierra (Calif.) Community College, said Tom Gang, the school's athletic director, and final grades should come as soon as next week.
But for now, OU fans can relax a little with the eligibility of Bester, who reminds Stephens of another former pupil; former Lion wideout Lance Lewis played at East Carolina and, on Thursday, opened his rookie NFL training camp with the Washington Redskins.
“Colt is that type of guy,” Stephens said. “If he continues to work hard, he could play on Sundays.”