OU report card: Wide receiver

The grades continue at Sooners Illustrated with a look at the wide receiver position.

The 2014 season is in the books for Oklahoma as the Sooners began the season in the top five but ended a disappointing 8-5 with losses in the final two games.

Before we start looking ahead to 2015, we’re going to take another look at every position this season for the Sooners.

Wide receiver

Bob Przybylo: C-. Doesn’t feel fair because there feels like should be two grades. One for Sterling Shepard and one for the rest of the group, but this was a disappointment this season.

The biggest question coming into the season was about the receiver position, and the questions simply were not answered in a positive way. Nobody emerged as a consistent No. 2 target, and nobody stepped up after Shepard’s injury.

Durron Neal and K.J. Young had a few moments but also had incredible difficulty getting separation from defensive backs throughout the season. Michiah Quick looks like he could develop into something special, but it will take some time.

Some of the receiver issues were quarterback related and some of the quarterback issues were receiver related. Either way, it simply wasn’t good.

Justin Hite:C-. Similar to the running back group, one player really helped to buoy the grade. Sterling Shepard was really the only source of pride from the group.

Michiah Quick wasn’t consistent enough, K.J. Young’s hands were suspect and Durron Neal never gained enough separation from his defenders to make a constant impact.

Despite 35 more catches, those three players had just five more yards this season than Shepard and had the same number of touchdowns.

When Shepard, who might have been a Biletnikoff Award finalist without missing the end of the season, went out of the lineup with his small collection of injuries, the Sooners might have well not thrown the football at all.

Quarterback play didn’t help the situation but neither did receiver play.

Shepard made some special plays during the season, but one player can’t do everything in the passing game. Quick has a chance to be great later in his career, but the departure of wide receiver coach Jay Norvell probably says the most about this group this season.

Sooners Illustrated overall grade: C-.


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