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 Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) 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-5, 187 pounds)
6 receptions, 66 yards, 1 touchdown
What happened last year: Mead was more used in Year 2 than Year 1, but he still never developed into a consistent target for Oklahoma. He had a nice late surge, catching two passes against Clemson in the Orange Bowl, but that means he had just four catches through the first 12 games of the season.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. At this point, the expectation and hype around the giant receiver has really softened. He’s a junior now with less than 10 career catches to his name despite having a huge size advantage against more opponents. This year provides the most openings for Mead to have an impact. It’s just hard to think that Oklahoma is counting on much from him at this point.
Best-case scenario for this season: This finally is the year. Mead shows enough in pre-season camp to start on the outside opposite Dede Westbrook. Mead has the physical tools to produce a 30-catch season with around six touchdowns, but he just has to put it all together. It seems as though Mead has been passed up and recruited over at receiver. This might be his last chance to show that he can live up to his freshman hype.