1. The Sooners lose some depth at the position--It's not to say they won't have a deep receiving corps in 2012 because the flashy Trey Metoyer already shined during spring ball, and Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard, Courtney Gardner and Daniel Brooks are all set to join the team for next season. Kenny Stills, Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks all return. But OU, which is receiver-U at this point, can never have enough receivers. Jackson would have played given them depth.
2. OU takes a productivity hit--It's undeniable that Jackson left his mark on the offense. He racked up 12 catches for 165 yards in playing 11 games as a true freshman, even starting two of those. Down the stretch he really came on, managing nine receptions for 134 yards over the course of the final four games. OU may not be losing its leading receiver, but it's certainly not going to have one that produced in some big games last year.
3. The pot stirs more about OU's recent transfers--A national angle some have and will continue to take is that of, "Why are so many players transferring out of OU after playing there? Is something wrong?" Truth is, head coach Bob Stoops got rid of some of the bad after last fall, those players are gone, and Jackson was not exactly one of those. This is an entirely different situation, but it will still beg the question by many of why. Running back Brandon Williams, wide receiver Justin McCay, tight end Austin Haywood and linebacker Kellen Jones are some of the other guys who have transferred recently.
What it means:
1. Something just wasn't right about the fit--The whole story can't always be told on the field. Sure, Jackson produced. And sure, he played as a true freshman. But that doesn't mean he was fully comfortable in Norman. He didn't play in the spring game, has missed class in recent days and now announced his intentions to transfer. As good of a program as OU is, perhaps it just isn't the spot for him.
2. OU has another scholarship to play with--The numbers are always fluctuating some in the offseason, and it's no different this time around. Jones and now Jackson are the two most recent transfers, and both were at least fairly unexpected. Because of this latest development, OU has been able to go out and get Fresno State transfer wide receiver Jalen Saunders (he'll have to sit out 2012) in addition to the rest of its recruiting plans for the 2013 class.
3. Metoyer is THAT good--Everyone already knew coming out of spring ball that Metoyer is set to play this fall, but this is probably more of an indication of the direction things are headed. With Stills and Reynolds projected as starters, the battle for the third starting receiver is up for grabs. Metoyer stands as a likely pick to step into that starting rotation, leaving Jackson as the odd man out among others. In fact, his playing time could have seriously dipped with the new crop of incoming receivers. Gardner needs to take care of a class, but could still provide enough experience to crack the rotation, and Franks is another likely choice. This is certainly some indication, though, that Metoyer is at least as good as spring advertised.