OU report card: WR/TE

The report cards continue to be issued at Sooners Illustrated. Today we're looking at wide receivers and tight ends.

With the Oklahoma football season in the books, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at each position group to see how they fared in 2013.

Wide receiver/tight end

Heading into the season, it was obvious OU had two dynamic playmakers in senior Jalen Saunders and sophomore Sterling Shepard. How they would be used and would a third guy step up became the issue during the season.

That third guy turned out to be LaColtan Bester, who registered 27 catches and had some of the team's most memorable moments as a quarterback, running back and receiver.

After a shaky start, Shepard and Saunders were lights out during the final month of the season and both delivered in huge ways in the 45-31 win against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

It was just one play, but the catch made by redshirt freshman Derrick Woods in that game also has people excited about the future to go along with an ever-maturing Durron Neal.

Pretty crazy to think what OU was able to do without much size at the position and that, too, will change with the 2014 recruiting class.

Tight ends were never meant to be a huge part of the offense, but it's obvious the development Brannon Green and Taylor McNamara had during the season. McNamara caught his first career reception against the Crimson Tide.

As he continues to grow into his role, don't be surprised if McNamara becomes a bigger factor in the offense in 2014.

Best moment: Have to go Sugar Bowl on this one. Saunders caught two touchdowns, Bester added one and Shepard had a rushing and receiving touchdown. It was the offense and its receivers at its finest.

Worst moment: The Texas game. Unfathomable to think Saunders had three catches for 18 yards and Shepard was blanked. The two combined for 112 catches and only three came against the Longhorns.

Sooners Illustrated grade: A-.

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