Because senior wide receiver Cameron Kenney had proven to be inconsistent, freshman wide out Trey Franks was given a chance to be more than just a lightly used option for redshirt sophomore quarterback Landry Jones.
Franks made his first career start during the Sooners' loss to Texas A&M last weekend, but while the team lost, his performance won him some points with the coaching staff and his teammates.
He caught a receiving-corps high eight passes for 66 yards with a touchdown to up his season totals to 20 receptions and 188 yards. The touchdown, which came on a 5-yard pass, was the first of his career.
The touchdown was a big moment not just because Franks crossed the goal line for the first time, but because he did so at Kyle Field, where his older brother, Kerry, played his college ball and Texas A&M was the site of his football dreams.
"When I was younger, I used to dream about playing at A&M," Franks said. "It was kind of ironic just being out there and making my first start in Kyle Field."
To add more irony to the situation, the elder Franks put his first six points on the board at Kyle Field.
"He made his first touchdown there, so, you know, it just felt good getting that at A&M," Franks said. "He was there to witness it, so that just felt good."
But now that Franks is past his first start and playing on the field he dreamt of, he has to continue to progress, which is not a thing that his teammates think will be too difficult based on how quickly he has done so in such a short period of time.
"He knows the offense a little better, but he's coming along a little quicker than he would have thought," Jones said. "He's just been playing really good football."
One area in which the 5-foot-10, 190 pound freshman has impressed people has been in how physical he can be.
"He's been surprisingly playing pretty physical out there," Jones said. "He's a speed guy, but he's playing pretty big on the outside. So, it's really nice to see him come out and play the way he has been."
Franks has been one of the many freshmen this season to raise some eye brows, and people should not be surprised to see him put up good numbers during the final three regular season games and build upon it during the next few seasons.
"We need to get him the ball a little bit more," Jones said "Get him out into space, and he's going to be a great player for us."