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Monday, May 13, 2013
Crimson Countdown: WR LaColton Bester

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 11 Lacoltan Bester
Receiver, 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, senior

Impact thus far: Bester played a special teams role during his first season in crimson and cream after joining the roster last summer. He played in 12 games, finishing with three receptions for 29 yards. He’s generally considered the best blocker of the receivers and is one of the most competitive players at the position.

Expectations for 2013: Bester should play a contributing role on offense while continuing to make his mark on special teams. He has talent and a good size-to-speed ratio but will have to hold off some very talented youngsters to earn a starting role as a senior.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Bester earns a starting role and becomes an impact player in the passing game and running game for the Sooners. His progress allows the younger players to continue to develop behind him while he plays the majority of the snaps and emerges as OU’s No. 3 receiver behind Sterling Shepard and Jalen Saunders.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Bester gets passed on the depth chart by several other receivers and only sees the field on special teams units.

SoonerNation's evaluation for Bester: B. Teammates speak highly of Bester, but he hasn’t shown he can be a difference-maker in games thus far. Yet he’s made a decent impact on the program considering he was a junior college transfer who was available in the summer of 2012.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Bester: C. The addition of Saunders and Justin Brown slowed his development as that duo joined the roster later than he did then became starting receivers. Nonetheless, the Sooners could have found a few more reps per game for Bester in a effort to have him ready to play as a senior.