DGB leaving OU early for NFL Draft

Transfer receiver will never play a down for the Sooners

In the heat of the summer, Dorial Green-Beckham hauled in his first pass wearing an Oklahoma uniform – albeit a practice uniform.

He never caught a pass wearing a game uniform, and he never will.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Tuesday that Green-Beckham will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, foregoing his final season at Oklahoma after transferring during the summer from Missouri.

“I knew that was something that could happen,” Stoops said when asked about Green-Beckham never playing at Oklahoma. “I went in with eyes wide open that it might be the case.

“I believed in him as a young man. He had great character through here. . . . In the end for the person that he is, I’m happy that this helped him move forward in a positive direction. That to me is what’s most important – and was most important when we thought about bringing him in.”

Oklahoma brought Green-Beckham in after he was kicked off the team at Missouri following repeated legal issues.

Stoops said that only Green-Beckham and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips have informed him that they are leaving for the NFL. Both Green-Beckham and Phillips are projected as high-round selections – even first-round picks by some rankings.

“Hopefully, he’ll go forward and have a great career,” Stoops said. “Obviously, he could have been a big piece, but it didn’t work out that way.”

Stoops said that Green-Beckham’s choice to leave early for the NFL Draft had nothing to with wide receivers coach Jay Norvell’s removal from the team.

“There’s also a connection with Dorial and me,” he said. “They are totally separate from each other.” At 6-foot-6, Green-Beckham possesses unquestioned size to play in the NFL. In his final season at Missouri, he had an SEC-leading 12 touchdown passes and gained 883 yards.

Green-Beckham, who was a freshman All-American with College Football News, finished his two-year stint at Missouri with 87 receptions, 1,278 yards and 17 touchdown catches.

Green-Beckham was named the national player of the year in 2011 by Sports Illustrated, Parade Magazine and USA Today after setting a national prep record with 6,353 career receiving yards and 75 receiving touchdowns, including 119 receptions for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior.

After being arrested on two separate marijuana possession charges, Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a woman down a flight of stairs in Columbia while still playing at Missouri. That led to his dismissal from the team and eventual transfer to Oklahoma.

“I have been young and dumb,” he said in an apology. “I want to be better. During my suspension, I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football. It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying.”

At Oklahoma, the coaching staff felt he was doing everything he could to change his perception – attending classes and earning scout team player of the week for half the season.

“We're really proud of him,” Jay Norvell said during the season. “He's like a different guy. . . . He's been working really hard and doing a lot of great things off the field, too. Our people here have been fabulous that way in their support of him. He's growing and maturing. He's doing well.”

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