Sooners' WR depth hurt by loss of Gardner 

July, 30, 2012
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Oklahoma fans had to be disappointed to learn receiver Courtney Gardner will not wear a Sooners uniform this fall. The junior college signee would have brought a terrific combination size, speed and athleticism to Norman.

Yet, at the same time, it’s hard to miss something you never had.

While his teammates were handling their responsibilities within the program -- from spring football to summer workouts -- Gardner spent the spring and summer focused on academics. It was not a foregone conclusion that he would have made a major impact in this fall. He would have had to make a smooth transition into the program to become a playmaker in 2012. It’s not unheard of -- see Trey Metoyer, for example -- but it’s not easy either.
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