- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
NORMAN, Okla. -- The loss to Notre Dame sullied one of the great performances by a wide receiver in Oklahoma history. Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders hauled in 15 passes, including a school-record eight in the first quarter, for 181 yards in just his second start for the Sooners.
Suffice to say, Saunders has been an impact transfer.
SoonerNation breaks down some of the other FBS impact transfers of the Bob Stoops era, not including players who spent time at junior college (in alphabetical order):
WR Justin Brown (Penn State): Saunders is not the only transfer starting at wide receiver for the Sooners this season. Following the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, Brown transferred to OU a week into the preseason. He instantly won a starting job, and has been one of the Sooners’ more consistent performers. Brown has 28 catches for 347 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also been a star on special teams, bringing back a punt for a touchdown two weeks ago against Kansas.
P Blake Ferguson (North Carolina): \Ferguson started for the Tar Heels as a true freshman, but elected to transfer to OU, where his older brother Jeff had punted. Ferguson started on both of the Sooners’ national championship game teams in ’03 and ’04.
QB Nate Hybl (Georgia): Hybl had his ups and downs, but the fact is, he started most of the 2001 and 2002 seasons at quarterback. His senior year, Hybl quarterbacked the Sooners to a Big 12 championship and Rose Bowl win over Washington State, in which he was named MVP. Not too shabby.
DT Lynn McGruder (Tennessee): The Las Vegas native was rated one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country when he signed with the Volunteers. He contributed to the Tennessee rotation as a freshman, but ran into trouble with the law and transferred to OU. McGruder became a standout football player for the Sooners, first as a backup to Tommie Harris, then as a starter in 2004. McGruder also became a standout citizen. He and teammate Mark Clayton helped saved several people after they were in a serious car accident on Interstate I-35.
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