Jarvis Baxter could be the offensive spark for the Oklahoma Sooners

The former junior college transfer is stepping straight into Sterling Shepard's vacated position

NORMAN – Jarvis Baxter's name didn’t come up.

Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops went down a list of wide receivers at his first press conference since the start of preseason camp: Geno Lewis, Mark Andrews, Mykel Jones, Jordan Smallwood.

All had a little bit of praise heaped on them even before Stoops was asked the first question.

Later, Stoops was asked about Baxter. He responded with a bit of astonishment that the question would even be asked. Of course, Baxter is expected to play well.

“He’s still continuing to show up and do well. He’s been consistent every day in practice. Jarvis is a guy we’re hoping can have a bigger role or the same or a little better,” Stoops said.

Baxter might wind up being a catalyst for the Sooners’ offense as he takes over, almost directly, the position vacated by Sterling Shepard. Baxter improved with each passing game last season, and his absence from Stoops’ opening statement falls in line with Dede Westbrook, who is expected to be the Sooners’ top receiver.

That can mean one of two things: Baxter is expected to contribute significantly or not contribute at all.

“I’m approaching it day by day,” Baxter said. “That’s my job to get better day by day as an individual and come out every day and practice hard to contribute to my team.”

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