WR Trevon West is an underrated offensive weapon
Oklahoma football receiver Trevon West has already doubled his attendance at the game and his contribution from a year ago.
That, in and of itself, is not the real story here, however. Eight months ago, West wasn’t even on the 2021 Sooners roster.
Just over a month into his freshman year at OU, West informed Lincoln Riley that he was entering the transfer portal. West was one of many Sooners, including QB Tanner Mordecai, RB TJ Pledger, WR Charleston Rambo and DB Brendan Radley-Hiles, who entered the transfer portal after the pandemic-altered 2020 season.
West played four games for OR his first season and caught four passes for 59 yards. The problem was, the Sooners’ wide receiver group was the deepest positional group. Fourteen different Oklahoma receivers have caught at least four assists.
Riley and the OU coaching staff liked what they saw at West last season in training and in his limited playing time, but when he entered the transfer portal, the belief was that the future second year receiver might be looking for a greater opportunity with another program.
“We knew he (West) had a chance to be a really good player, and we felt he belonged here,” Riley said at his weekly Texas Tech game week press conference.
“We absolutely loved having him with us so it was a bit of a shock to us when he left.”
A few months had passed and there had been no news that West had signed with another school. Then, one afternoon in late spring, Riley received a phone call from the former Sooner wide receiver informing the OU head coach that he had changed his mind and wanted to return to Oklahoma.
âWe were happy to get the phone call,â Riley said, but we told him he should go back. Upon his return to the program, West was placed at the bottom of the depth chart, and he worked hard and managed to come back up, earning him playing time in all nine Sooners games this season.
He received a 35-yard reception in Oklahoma’s 21-point victory over the TCU a few weeks ago and followed that up with a show of speed on a 66-yard run from a backhand that set the Sooners inside the 10-yard line. for their first score in the comeback victory over Kansas.
It might not be a coincidence that since Caleb Williams replaced Spencer Rattler as Sooners quarterback West has started to see more playing time. What are they saying? A rising tide lifts all the boats.
“He’s a good boy,” Riley said of West. âHis teammates love him. Seeing him make the big play (against Kansas), our sideline burst.
âThe guys have (a lot) of respect for him because it’s not easy to come back. A lot of guys, when they leave, they would never do that.
Now West is starting to earn the same respect from opponents in Oklahoma, and that’s the best part of the story.