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Oklahoma Fall Camp Position Battles | Mykel Jones & Nick Basquine

M. Hofeld

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Whoever wins Oklahoma’s starting quarterback job will have the luxury of a stacked backfield of running backs and a slew of talented receivers. CeeDee Lamb (X receiver), Grant Calcaterra (Y receiver), and Maquise Brown (X receiver) all seem to have starting positions locked down. What about the H Receiver though?

The H receiver plays off the line of scrimmage (thus putting him in the backfield) and typically plays in a position similar to a tight end, near the end of the line of scrimmage. It’s a position that Mykel Jones seems to have an edge to start at but will have to put some distance between himself and Nick Basquine.

Jones made one start in 2017 but played in five games total. In doing so he caught 16 passes for 310 yards and a score. Sure, it’s a limited sample size but the junior’s 19.4 yards per reception average last season is impressive.

Nick Basquine was on his way to making a name for himself in 2016 when injuries derailed him. A torn Achilles sat the former walk-on down for the entire 2017 season and then the same injury, this time on the other leg, resulted in him missing spring practice this year.

In 2016 Basquine (then a walk-on) was able to find his way on the field for 10 game appearances in which he caught 20 passes for 265 yards and two scores. It was enough playing time to not only earn him a scholarship but also set him up as Oklahoma’s leading returning receiver for the 2017 season.

Now, after taking a year off, he’s hoping to return to the field and pick up where he left off two seasons ago. I don’t see him edging out Jones for the starting spot but I certainly don’t see him never making it to the field either.

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