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Friday, July 5, 2013
Crimson Countdown: TE McNamara

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. 88 Taylor McNamara
Tight end, 6-foot-5, 253 pounds, redshirt freshman


Impact thus far: McNamara initially looked like he had played himself out of a redshirt season before a injury forced him to redshirt. He spent the majority of his first season at OU recovering from a shoulder injury but was able to participate in a large portion of spring drills.

Best-case scenario in 2013: McNamara becomes a valuable receiving threat for the Sooners’ offense, making the tight end position a bonafide weapon in OU’s arsenal. McNamara has solid talent but still has a ways to go to become a consistent receiving threat and/or complete tight end.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: He doesn’t become a consistent receiving threat or a factor in the running game. In that scenario, he would likely struggle to see the field, particularly with Sam Grant and Brannon Green considered the better blockers at the position.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for McNamara: C. It’s too early to say, as we’ve barely seen McNamara in action, and his chance to really improve during a redshirt season was limited by his injury.

SoonerNation’s development grade for McNamara: C. His injury essentially took his development out of the coaches’ hands. However, he was an early enrollee and did use that extra time during the spring to earn time in his first-ever collegiate game against UTEP. Nonetheless, it’s too early to give much of a grade either way.