The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to replace a lot of production that left for the NFL in the 2023 draft. Gone are Marvin Mims, Brayden Willis and Eric Gray, and Theo Wease leaves for Missouri in the transfer portal.
With players leaving come opportunities for guys to step into bigger roles. One player who proved capable of stepping into a larger role in 2022 was Jalil Farooq, who received significant playing time for the first time in his collegiate career. He turned in 37 receptions for 466 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball 15 times for 140 yards.
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Farooq may not yet be a household name across the country, but in 2022 he showed a gaming prowess enough for our friends at Longhorns Wire to take notice. In their ranking of each Big 12 offense, the Sooners came in at number 3 and Farooq is one of the reasons why.
The more movies I watch on Oklahoma receiver Jalil Farooq, the more he reminds me of the great Sooners receivers of the Bob Stoops era. Dillon Gabriel is arguably the most proven quarterback in the league and his offense should score big in 2023. – Hickey, Longhorns Wire
Farooq proved to be a valuable asset in Oklahoma’s multi-dimensional offense, which asks its wide receivers to reverse, jet sweeps, catch screen passes and perform a traditional route boom. Farooq’s size and ability to run with the ball in his hands gives offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby a wide receiver that fits exactly what he’s looking for in a wide.
With the departures of Marvin Mims and Brayden Willis, the Sooners need Farooq to make the move many expect. He has the skills to see 100 goals on Oklahoma’s offense and that should be a big season for the former four-star wide receiver.