Bester a unique versatile threat

You want a difference maker for OU going up against Baylor? Wide receiver LaColtan Bester might be that guy because of the various skills he brings to the table.

The story has been told countless number of times now regarding Oklahoma senior wide receiver LaColtan Bester and his touchdown pass last month.

The Sooners had practiced the play repeatedly throughout the year in practice but never used it in a game until needing a spark at Kansas.

It worked perfectly with Bester throwing his best ball ever on a 49-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Sterling Shepard.

OU coach Bob Stoops joked he might have to get Bester throwing the ball more. Or was it a joke? Against Texas Tech, a similar play was designed as Bester took a reverse and got ready to throw down the sideline for quarterback Blake Bell.

"He said he had the confidence he could put it there, but he was worried about having to lead Blake too far that it'd turn him into a receiver," Stoops said. "I was talking to him, and he said, ‘Oh coach, I would have made the throw. I was worried about Blake.'"

Instead Bester pulled the ball down, cut all the way across the field and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run that once again ignited a spark for the Sooners.

In back-to-back games, it has been Bester playing a huge role. Nobody would have thought that last season and nobody would have even thought that following the spring.

Bester looked like he would just be another body out there. He's there just in case you need somebody. He has earned his way onto the field and now he's making the most of his opportunities.

"It did a little bit," said Stoops about it taking a while for Bester to catch up to everything. "The light kind of came for LaColtan late spring last year and that's when you knew you'd start to see that, hey, he's going to have a chance to make an impact. When we got to two-a-days, he was in a lot better shape."

Bester is third on the team with 14 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown. He is the first OU player to pass, run and catch a touchdown in more than 40 years.

His senior season is drawing to a close, and OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said he's starting to notice how much it all means to Bester.

"It means a lot to LaColtan," Norvell said. "He begs me to go in the game, and he's going to play a lot. But that's what you want – you want that competitiveness."

What's next for Bester? OU fans are certainly for something special Thursday night at No. 6 Baylor.


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