OU outlook: Tight end

Spring football is right around the corner so Sooners Ilustrated is going to get you set with an early look at 2014 for OU.

The 2013 season is in the rear view mirror for Oklahoma. And while 2014 isn't quite here just yet, never too early to start talking how the team is shaping up.

With spring football less than two weeks away, here's an early look at how the Sooners are shaping up at all positions.

Tight end

The starter:

Taylor McNamara. With the way his first two seasons in Norman have gone, don't think it would have surprised anybody if McNamara had packed up his bags and gone home.

Instead the opposite has happened. He has fought through the homesickness. He has fought through the injuries. And he ended the 2013 season in the best way possible. Now he's never going to be the No. 1 option, but it feels like it's safe to say the days of single digit tight end catches are gone in Norman.

Next in line:

Blake Bell and Isaac Ijalana. Could there be any two more different roads to getting to a spot? Bell regarded as one of the best high school quarterbacks for his class now being moved to the position compared to Ijalana who is just happy to be getting a chance.

Bell had his moments last season at quarterback, but he wasn't consistent enough to win the job from Trevor Knight. And when Knight's on, he's so good that Bell sort of saw the writing on the wall.

He has the size for the position, but there's no telling how Bell is going to adjust to the little intricacies of the spot.

On the radar:

Carson Meier. Signing Ijalana and having Bell move to the position actually gives OU a chance to bring along Meier if it chooses to do so. No real reason to rush him. If he ends up being as good as the coaches hope, then a redshirt isn't necessary. Too early to tell right now.

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