Heading into the 2016 season for Oklahoma, one of the biggest questions was about who would step up at wide receiver.
Who among those tall targets from the 2014 and 2015 classes was ready to make the next step toward being a consistent outlet for quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Not everything has been rosy for OU in its disappointing 1-2 start, but this answer has been found in the name of A.D. Miller.
The sophomore from Dallas Bishop Dunne was raved about during the spring and preseason camp. Now it’s carrying over onto the big state.
“He’s been doing that here all spring and all camp and it was good to see it come to fruition and good to see him make those plays,” offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “We need that presence outside and there’s no question about it. He did a nice job and I would expect him to only grow from it.”
The numbers don’t suggest a major explosion for Miller. Seven catches for 104 yards in three games aren’t exactly eye-popping numbers. But it’s the progress that stands out.
Miller has caught a touchdown in the last two games, his first career trips to the end zone. And when OU played its toughest opponent, Ohio State, Miller showed he could be counted on to make some big-time plays that included a career-long 36-yard touchdown.
“It’s huge. It’s huge to see a guy like that step up and play, especially since we’ve been so high on him in the offseason,” Mayfield said. “It’s good to get him out in a big game and have him make plays.”
OU seems to have three featured weapons in the passing game. Running back Joe Mixon can be a threat out of the backfield or down the seam. Tight end Mark Andrews continues to be a magnet for the end zone. And Dede Westbrook has become Mayfield’s favorite target.
Then there’s Miller. If Miller can keep showing what he’s demonstrated in the last couple of weeks, you might be able to check off one of those lingering issues for the Sooners heading into conference play.
Miller was the first receiver committed to OU after Riley arrived in January 2015 and looks like it’s going to be a good move for all those involved.null