The Oklahoma Sooners received a bit of good news on Tuesday evening as the NCAA released a ruling on Nick Basquine’s situation. Previously suffering a torn achilles tendon heading into the 2017 season, the wide receiver was forced to the sideline for the entire year. However, a medical hardship waiver appeared out of reach as Basquine utilized a redshirt as a freshman.
After some deliberation, the NCAA officially granted Basquine a sixth year of eligibility bringing a sigh of relief to Sooner Nation.
Looking at the roster, Lincoln Riley remains chock-full at the position with the likes of Ceedee Lamb, Charleston Rambo and A.D. Miller alongside incoming freshmen Trejan Bridges, Theo Wease, and Jadon Haselwood. Yet, all of these talented receivers are big bodies suited for playing on the outside. The simple fact leaves the Sooners thin at the inside receiver slot.
Without the extra year of eligibility, the OU offense would likely rely on heavily Jaquayln Crawford — a more than capable body — to fill the void. Appearing in a single game last season, Crawford failed to record a catch. Ultimately the freshman redshirted and enters 2019 largely unproven as a receiver.
Following the news, Oklahoma now enters spring with an experienced inside presence who possesses a college ready body. Basquine could easily be the glue holding the group together this season despite not having the most eye-popping stat-line. In 29 different appearances, the now sixth-year senior reeled in 27 catches for 399 yards and two scores.
Needless to say, the news is very much so welcomed!