Wide receiver was a major area of focus of Oklahoma football in this last recruiting cycle. Per 247Sports‘ composite ranking, the Sooners’ top three rising freshmen are receivers.
Five-star players Jadon Haselwood and Theo Wease are the two biggest names in that group. However, 6-foot-1 four-star Texan Trejan Bridges may have been the biggest benefactor of early enrollment.
Bridges, the No. 11 receiver recruit in the country, flashed in the Sooners’ spring game.
Perhaps most importantly, he showed early chemistry with graduate transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts, the team’s presumptive starter.
Trejan Bridges caught three passes for 76 yards from Jalen Hurts in Oklahoma’s spring game.
The Dallas Morning News identified Bridges as the Sooners “breakout” freshman weapon in the game, and broke down the three receptions.
The third catch, a deep near-touchdown, was probably his most impressive of the day.
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) April 13, 2019
From the Morning News write-up:
This is another example of Hurts trusting Bridges to make a play on a 50/50 ball downfield. Hurts’ release was off-balance, but Bridges did a great job of tracking the ball and getting in position to make this catch.
There are other worthy candidates to be acknowledged. Hurts is more advanced in Riley’s offense than anyone could have expected by this point. Both Delarrin Turner-Yell and Patrick Fields went from backups to potential starting safeties. Erik Swenson went from career backup and transfer candidate to starting left tackle.
But Bridges gets the nod because of his chemistry with Hurts and the available playing time. With Marquise Brown out, the Sooners need someone to step up and take on that production.
Perhaps the most impressive thing shown by the three catches is the different skills shown in each on. The first was a beautiful back shoulder comeback from Hurts to Bridges. The second, a screen that he broke for a big gain with his speed. This third catch shown above, a 50/50 ball that Bridges adjusts to, and makes a great play on despite strong coverage.
In Lincoln Riley’s system, receivers are able to put up monster numbers just like the quarterbacks delivering them the ball. Bridges is a candidate to be one of those guys, and it looks like it might be soon.