Sooners have talented pass catchers, but tight end Brayden Willis is a star in the making

Sooners have talented pass catchers, but tight end Brayden Willis is a star in the making

In recent years, the Oklahoma Sooners have had some talented weapons at the tight end and H-back positions. Mark Andrews, Grant Calcaterra, Jeremiah Hall, and Austin Stogner were integral parts of the Oklahoma Sooners offense. Last season, the Sooners boasted three players at TE/H-back that we’re key contributors.

In addition to Hall and Stogner, tight end Brayden Willis played an important role. His blocking early in the season had him amongst the best at the position for several weeks according to Pro Football Focus. Though not used that much as a receiver, Willis made plays when called upon, and in 2022, he’ll be called upon even more.

Jeremiah Hall’s off to the New York Giants and Austin Stogner joined his buddy Spencer Rattler with the South Carolina Gamecocks, leaving Willis with a huge opportunity to have a breakout season in 2022.

The Sooners added Daniel Parker Jr. In the transfer portal and talented freshmen Jason Llewelyn and Kaden Helms in the 2022 recruiting class, but Willis looks like the presumptive starter and the player that will see the biggest jump in production.

Though he only had 15 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns, it’s plays like this one against Oklahoma State that reveal the potential for a promising season for the senior tight end.

And this one:

As the tight end position has evolved, players like Willis have become a rarity in college football. A player who is equally adept as a blocker and pass catcher. Even in limited opportunities, Willis has shown he can perform every aspect of the position at a high level. And with Marvin Mims and Theo Wease garnering attention on the outside, there will be room to operate in the middle of the field for Brayden Willis.

2022 is the year we see Brayden Willis take the next step and become a weapon for the Oklahoma Sooners.

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