Norvell pleased with freshmen group

No idea if this three-headed monster will contribute for OU in 2014, but they're off to a great start.

Camp is just about over for Oklahoma as the focus will start to shift toward the Week 1 showdown against Louisiana Tech next weekend.

One of the more intriguing parts of camp was wondering how OU’s young wide receivers would turn out. There were high expectations for Michiah Quick, Mark Andrews, Jeffery Mead and Dallis Todd.

It’s safe to say Quick will play some sort of role on the field this season. The other three might. But if they don’t, that doesn’t mean it’s because they weren’t good enough as wide receivers coach Jay Norvell talked about his young crop.

“Really proud of all of those kids,” Norvell said. “Jeffery Mead is such a big, raw athletic kid. He has great agility. He is really showing a great ability to catch the ball and make plays in traffic. He’s a real intelligent kid. Takes everything we show on film and takes it to the field.”

Mead was actually the most unheralded of the bunch. Just because he’s doing well isn’t an indication that Todd and Andrews, both consensus four-star prospects, haven’t been able to adapt.

“Dallis has played a bunch in the passing game,” Norvell said. “He was hampered early with some leg injuries, but we’re starting to see his potential. He’s a big, rangy body.”

Andrews, whose brother is attending OU medical school, hasn’t been a slouch, either.

“Mark Andrews has a ton of athletic ability,” Norvell said. “He’s a high character guy who has made a big jump.”

The question will be if OU wants to use them. Norvell said because of the quality of guys playing in front of them, it might not be necessary.

Injuries can always change things in that regard, but like Jordan Smallwood, K.J. Young and Dannon Cavil last year, this talented trio might have to wait until the future.

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