Grant Calcaterra is back! He just won’t be in an Oklahoma uniform. The previously retired tight end announced his un-retirement via Twitter on Saturday with the biggest shock in the announcement is that he’s heading to the transfer portal.
Calcaterra caught 36 passes through his first two seasons with the Sooners and was expected to have a big season in 2019 before his unexpected retirement cut his career short after just five receptions in through five games. It was the type of potential flashed in the 2018 Big 12 championship game that highlighted Calcaterra’s career and evoked hope each time a pass was offered his way.
Now Grant is back but just not with Oklahoma. The first thing that fans are going to want to know is, why? Why come back to the game but not the team. Why play in front of a fanbase that isn’t endeared to you the way those clad with crimson and cream are? The answer probably isn’t near as complicated as the incredibly uncomplicated questions posed. It’s a numbers game.
Calcaterra retired and Oklahoma moved on. It really is that simple. The Sooners welcomed freshmen Marvin Mims, Mikey Henderson, Jalin Conyers, Trevon West, and Brian Darby as a part of the 2020 recruiting class. Then transfers Cason Grant, Obi Obialo, and Theo Howard were added to the roster. That leaves no room for Calcaterra…as much as all parties would like for there to be.
You’ll be hard pressed to find any Oklahoma fan who doesn’t wish Calcaterra would be in an OU uniform again. That said, it’ll be equally as difficult to find a fan who doesn’t wish him the best anyway.
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