There have been a lot of good stories at Oklahoma regarding walk-ons in the past couple of years. Everybody knows about quarterback Baker Mayfield.
People have gotten acquainted with center Erick Wren this season. And another has emerged in wide receiver Nick Basquine.
A standout at Norman (Okla.) North, Basquine elected to walk-on and nobody really knew if he would ever play a meaningful down for the Sooners.
That question has been answered with an emphatic yes as Basquine has become a reliable security blanket for Mayfield when it comes to third down conversions in a tight spot.
“Nick continues to come on — route running, catching, sure handed,” head coach Bob Stoops said earlier this week. “He really understands spacing and where to be and reading defenses. So, you can tell Baker has a lot of trust in him.”
Basquine’s biological father is former OU running back Anthony Stafford, who was known for his speed and had 21 touchdowns in his four seasons in Norman (1985-88).
But that’s where the connection ends, and Basquine wanted to make sure everybody realized that Wednesday morning in a tweet.
Maybe it’s someone trying to give credit to Stafford for Basquine’s success or something along those lines, but Basquine wanted to set the record straight 100 percent and let everybody know it has been his mother that has guided him along his entire life. She’s the rock of the family.
Basquine has 12 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns this season, averaging more than 16 yards per reception.
Stafford responded later Wednesday: