OU Countdown: Austin Bennett

Special-teams receiver could become a fan favorite with a big play

During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Dominique Alexander (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Dwayne Orso (No. 99) and the incoming freshmen.

We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.

No. 8 - WR Austin Bennett (6-foot-0, 172 pounds)

1 reception, 19 yards, 4 tackles

What happened last year: Bennett was a contributor on special teams and caught one pass against Texas Tech.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 1. Bennett could provide some leadership to a young receiving core, but it’s far more likely that he’ll be a special teams player than anything else.

Best-case scenario for this season: Without injury, Bennett won’t see many reps within the receiver rotation. He’s another guy that could stand out on special teams, making one or two big tackles or blocking a kick or maybe even scoring a touchdown.

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