There’s going to come a point, at least he sure hopes there will be, when wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is going to have to announce what college he is from.
During the Sunday night NFL game on NBC, all the starters introduce themselves and usually say what college they attended.
“Of course I’m going to say Oklahoma,” Green-Beckham said. “This is my last location. This is where I’m at. I’m an Oklahoma Sooner. That’s it.”
Green-Beckham was one of 32 former OU players to participate in OU’s pro day Wednesday morning at OU’s indoor practice facility. He was by far one of the big highlights of the events as analysts across the country have him pegged as a potential first-round selection in the NFL Draft.
He didn’t disappoint, having another stellar day to add to his impressive performance at the NFL scouting combine a few weeks ago.
Green-Beckham didn’t participate in a lot of the testing drills, but he put on a clinic during the position drills, catching every ball thrown his way.
It might be bittersweet for OU fans to see because all that’s left is the thought of what might have been between Green-Beckham and the Sooners.
After being dismissed from Missouri last spring following off the field transgressions, OU welcomed Green-Beckham with open arms in the summer. OU coach Bob Stoops and then-OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell have known Green-Beckham and his family for a number of years.
Green-Beckham said after pro day that Stoops and Norvell were the only coaches to call and congratulate him after he picked Missouri originally for the Class of 2012.
“They knew everything about me that nobody else knows,” Green-Beckham said. “They know what kind of a person I am. That respect level is there.”
Green-Beckham’s appeal to the NCAA was denied, and he was forced to sit out the 2014 season. A difficult one for the Sooners on the field as OU went 8-5 and lost its final two games, it was even more difficult for Green-Beckham who could do nothing but watch from the sidelines.
“I wish I had that chance to play with them,” Green-Beckham said. “I knew I could make a difference and be that big target out there on the outside. Even if I was there taking the loss with them, I was going to let them know I’m still there.”
It was reported last month part of the reason Green-Beckham left OU was because Norvell was relieved of his duties in January. Green-Beckham set the record straight.
“It wasn’t about the team, wasn’t about the losses or being here or being at Oklahoma,” Green-Beckham said. “I was already thinking about that. It wasn’t about the coaches leaving or anything like that. If I said anything like that, I would have said it myself personally.
“I had to see what was best for me, what was best for me and my family.”
Green-Beckham said because of OU’s support it made the decision much more difficult. It was a personal decision, and a factor that came into that is Green-Beckham’s girlfriend is pregnant and they expect their first child in July, said John Beckham, DGB’s father, who was also at pro day.
Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two seasons at Missouri. He never saw live game action in Norman, but he said he is grateful for his time on the field and the maturing he did off of it.
“I’ve been working hard this last year,” Green-Beckham said. “I know that I’m ready to get to the next step. I felt like I improved on the field, with my academic studies, took advantage of everything. I didn’t take any days off.”
Green-Beckham said he intends to earn his degree at OU.