'Best receiver coming out of spring': Brent Venables on WR Gavin Freeman's offseason

As the Oklahoma Sooners open fall camp this week, wide receiver is one of the position battles garnering the most attention.

With a group of guys competing for opportunities, fall camp will be the next step to delineate who will get the most playing time in 2023.

One of the guys that’s stood out in the mind of head coach Brent Venables is sophomore Gavin Freeman.

Freeman, the former walkon earned a scholarship early in the offseason and has done nothing but impress ahead of his second year with the Sooners.

According to Venables, Freeman was the “best receiver coming out of spring.”

And as spring gave way to summer workouts, the playmaking wideout has continued to impress.

 In addition to his attitude and his work ethic, Venables said, “You look at his measurables.

He’s one of the fastest guys on our team. You know, both linear and changing direction.”

“He wins everything out there,” Venables said. “If (Strength and Conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt)

 stood up here right now wanting to talk about Gavin Freeman, he’d be here until midnight.

Though Freeman didn’t get many opportunities in 2022, Freeman took advantage when the ball came his way.

 He saw five targets a year ago and converted that into three receptions for 46 yards.

One of those was one of the longest plays of the season,

One of those was one of the longest plays of the season,


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