The Oklahoma Sooners are losing a likely first-round draft pick from their wide receiver corps in Marquise Brown, but the influx of talent mixed with the development of current players could make for the best receiver group on the history of the school.
For the third time in the last four years the Oklahoma Sooners say goodbye to a dynamic, game-changing wide receiver. Just like Sterling Shepard and Dede Westbrook before him, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown thrived not only because of his massive talent, but the development that came from the Sooners’ staff and Lincoln Riley’s ability to maximize the use of his gifts.
Brown captured the college football world’s imagination in just two short years with the Sooners. From a reserve role at the start of the 2017 season he rose to become a Biletnikoff semifinalist (had it not been for nagging injuries he may very well have won the award). Now that he has moved on it’s time for Oklahoma to look forward to the future at the receiver position. And as great as the past has been for OU pass catchers, the future might very well be even better.
Like a doomsday prepper, Lincoln Riley has been stockpiling a diverse and deadly arsenal of pass-catching weapons for his high-powered offense and the 2019 receivers room may very well be close to hitting critical mass.