Quarterback Baker Mayfield? Check. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley? Yep. Now add a third vital cog for Oklahoma that is coming back for the 2017 season.
Offensive tackle Orlando Brown confirmed Tuesday afternoon he will return to OU for his redshirt junior season.
Brown’s mentor/trainer, Jammal Brown (who coincidentally also played for the Sooners), tweeted the news last week, but Tuesday was the first time Orlando Brown could publicly address the situation.
“I’ll be an Oklahoma Sooner until I get a first-round grade,” Orlando Brown said. “Until then, I’m here for however long it takes.”
The interesting part of that scenario is Brown could have very well received a first-round grade for the NFL Draft this spring. We’ll never know because Brown said he didn’t ask for a grade this year. It was never on his radar.
“I didn’t send it in this year,” Brown said. “I didn’t think it was important. Coming out this year wasn’t a big thing to me. I still have a lot of work to do.”
Brown was sensational for the Sooners as a redshirt sophomore. He didn’t allow a sack and was named second-team AP All-American.
With Brown announcing his return, it means the entire starting offensive line will return in Norman for the 2017 season.
Asked if he had any second thoughts or wanted to know his grade, Orlando Brown didn’t change his tune.
“You know it’s just understanding what they look for in the NFL, and basically what I’m good at, what I’m bad at, understanding I still have a lot to develop on and nowhere near what I need to be to be a first-round draft pick,” Brown said. “That’s why I came here.”