OU spring surprises: Offense

Some surprises were good, others not so much, but OU's offense definitely saw some things stand out in the spring.

Spring football has wrapped up for Oklahoma. A lot of the usual names stood out during the month-long practices, but new ones emerged as well.

Here is a look at the five biggest surprises of OU's spring on offense.

Fullback/tight end Dimitri Flowers

It bears repeating that four months ago Flowers had never even seen the OU campus and was still a senior at San Antonio Churchill High. Four months? Feels like a lot longer with the way he made the almost seamless transition to OU. With four catches in the spring game, it's clear he's going to be a name to watch going forward. If Flowers is able to understand the blocking schemes, replacing Trey Millard will seem as insurmountable as it once felt.

Tight end Taylor McNamara

Gone is the cocky, homesick freshman who hated living in Norman. Now a sophomore, McNamara is showing maturity and humility. Accepting he was at fault for not seeing the field earlier, he seems motivated to make tight end matter once again for the Sooners. McNamara caught two touchdowns in the game, both of them in the red zone. Blake Bell will still grab the headlines at tight end, but McNamara isn't going to go away quietly like it might have been expected last year.

Wide receiver Jordan Smallwood

Smallwood was always a big receiver in high school. He used that physicality to his advantage repeatedly. But now nearly nine months since his fractured foot injury, he is beginning to stand out amongst a loaded crop of receivers. With no shortage of slot receivers, Smallwood has the chance he's looking for as a big, tall, physical wide receiver. He caught three passes and a touchdown in the spring game and summer workouts should only see him get stronger.

Running back Alex Ross

One Jenks (Okla.) High kid for another. Totally different story with Ross than Smallwood, though, as it felt like Ross had just been left behind. No idea who is winning the battle between Ross and Keith Ford, but it's clear neither one is losing it at this time. It's a spirited competition that will only get better when Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine reach campus in the summer. Still gifted that the size and speed, all about putting it together for Ross.

Wide receiver Durron Neal

The first four were positive surprises, but it feels like Durron Neal is going in the other direction. Neal was having a good spring until he injured his leg a week before the spring game. Even at that point, though, Neal wasn't totally setting himself apart from the rest of the sophomores and freshmen. As a junior, seems like he should be looked upon as a top guy, but it's not clicking right now for Neal. This summer is going to be vital as it seems unfathomable somebody as talented as Neal won't see the field.

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