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March 27, 2014
McNamara becoming a factor at tight end as sophomore
SCOOPHD: TAYLOR MCNAMARA BECOMING FACTOR AT TIGHT END
It was obvious last year that Stoops and co-offensive coordinators Heupel and Jay Norvell were doing their best to incorporate tight ends into the Sooners' new offensive scheme -- even if the players playing the position weren't true tight ends.
"Last year we played with a tight end a lot more than we didn't," Stoops said.
Former Sooners Trey Millard and senior Aaron Ripkowski received the bulk of the chances to play tight end in 2013, especially when a tight end was being asked to run a route.
McNamara seemed like a prime candidate for those opportunities but seldom saw action, let alone a pass thrown his way. Then in the last game of the season, the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, McNamara came up with the first reception of his career.
"The whole year, I was just working to get better," McNamara said. "That's what you're doing the whole time, and eventually, I got good enough to where they thought I could help the team."
Stoops said McNamara is carrying over his bowl game performance into the spring and is showing the kind of improvement needed for a player of his caliber to help OU as a redshirt sophomore.