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August 25, 2009

Versatile bunch

Group’s depth could give them a bigger role in Sooner offense this season

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson always has options when he looks at his play sheet. Sure there’s the option to run the ball or throw, but that’s the easy part.

The hard part is figuring who to have on the field and even tougher is deciding how many tight ends and fullbacks to have out there.

“I think it might be the most talented group we have,” Wilson said.

The individual talent is vast, but it’s the group versatility that gives OU’s offense an added dimension.

There’s the obvious with tight end Jermaine Gresham. His decision to pass on the NFL and return for his senior season was a tremendous boon for the Sooners. He’s solidified himself as the best pass-catching tight end in college football last season. He caught 14 touchdown passes, running his career total to 26. He only needs six more to become the Sooners’ career leader in TD grabs.

Gresham believes this season he will be a complete player. Aside from an offseason spent running routes and catching passes, he worked on everything else that tight ends are called on to do.

“This is the first time I’ve actually done extra work on my blocking. I’m working on the little things now,” Gresham said. “I worked on my foot work and little things like that.”

It’s going to be very hard to take Gresham off the field. Doesn’t matter if its fourth-and-1 or third-and-25. Gresham can make plays.

He’s versatile, and so is everyone else he competes with.

Wilson said Monday that Trent Ratterree would be used more this season. Ratterree doesn’t have all the physical gifts of Gresham, but he can block and he can catch the ball. James Hanna will also get on the field.

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