OU Countdown: Jeffery Mead

Redshirt freshman could be down-field, red-zone target for Sooners

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. 15 – WR Jeffery Mead (6-foot-6, 189 pounds)

8 games played, 1 target

What happened last year: Mead’s chance at a redshirt was burned unnecessarily, as he was targeted only once all season on a late Hail Mary – a pass he caught out of the back of the end zone. During the spring, Mead expressed some disgust about not getting more opportunities last year. That’ll likely change this coming season.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. Mead could be a serious contributor for Oklahoma this season, and the spring game proved that isn’t an abstract idea. Right now, he’s probably in the top 5 of Oklahoma’s rotation – a primary outside back behind Dede Westbrook and/or Sterling Shepard, who could also move inside on occasion. Oklahoma will need him to contribute – say 600 yards and four touchdowns or so – or have a different surprise in the receiving corps. He’s one of those players who doesn’t have to be a huge part of the offense, but the offense would be much better if he was a big part of it.

Best-case scenario for this season: Ultimately, there are only going to be so many receptions to go around. Westbrook and Shepard are first in line, and there’s a chance Michiah Quick could make a splash in an offense that seems perfect for him. Mead, who will get a lot of one-on-one opportunities, seems like a guy that could lose out on there not being two footballs for every play. Still, Mead could be a great deep target for Oklahoma – averaging more than 20 yards per catch and hauling in nearly half a dozen touchdowns as a red-zone option as well.

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