OU wide receiver Dede Westbrook is fighting off 'soft' label

Last couple of games have been good for Dede Westbrook, who is starting to find his stride in Norman.

Oklahoma fans were giddy upon the arrival of junior college transfer wide receiver Dede Westbrook. After everything they had heard about his spring and summer, they couldn’t wait to see what he could do on the field.

It has been a mixed bag for Westbrook in his first eight games with the Sooners, but last week provided more evidence of Westbrook moving in the right direction.

There’s not a lot you can take from a 62-7 win against Kansas, but Westbrook came up huge in the game. Not with his speed but with his toughness.

Westbrook has shown flashes of brilliance at times and then other times where you’re wondering if he’s cut out to be a big-time Division I receiver.

Against KU, it was just a simple fourth down conversion in the first half of a blowout victory. But it’s a catch Westbrook might not have made last month.

“I mean, it’s huge. It’s a big deal because it was a fourth down conversion for positive yardage that put our team in a better situation,” Westbrook said. “That same drive, (Samaje) Perine ended up pushing it in for a one-yard touchdown. You take it all away and say we don’t convert on that fourth down, who knows what would have happened?”

It was 21-7 and KU had just scored and was starting to show signs of life. Would the Sooners have won in a comfortable fashion anyway? Most likely, but it’s key for OU to have other players besides Sterling Shepard make the competitive plays when it matters.

Westbrook is second on the team with 35 catches and 533 yards but is down the list of touchdowns with two this season.

His continued development will obviously be huge for the Sooners during this final month of the season.

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