New receivers impressing Josh Heupel

August, 7, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- It’s early in Oklahoma’s preseason camp, but the Sooners' young receivers are already making good impressions on their coaches and teammates.

True freshmen Durron Neal and Sterling Shepard have looked good, Derrick Woods is progressing and junior college transfer LaColtan Bester seems to be making a smooth transition into the program after arriving just days before camp began.

Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel likes what he sees from the Sooners receiving corps. He summarized his initial impressions during OU media day on Saturday.

“With what’s happened the first two days, with them understanding conceptually what we’re trying to run, not doing it perfectly but having an idea of where we want to get them, how we want to run, get technique, you can tell they’ve paid attention and studied and handled themselves the right way in June and July,” Heupel said.

Their physical abilities are what attracted the Sooners initially but it has been their mental approach which gives Heupel confidence they could help OU in 2012.

“I like the competitiveness, I like the toughness, I like the attention to detail, the way they walk into the building and their approach to every day,” he said. “If they can continue on that path we have a chance for a lot of young talent to help us this fall. ... We certainly need them to.”

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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