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Kentucky transfer Jeff Badet now even more important for Baker Mayfield, OU passing game

Jeff Badet

Jeff Badet was expecting to get more receiving opportunities after leaving Kentucky. Now, at Oklahoma, he’ll be more important than ever.

Badet will have to assume a bigger role with the Sooners after wide receiver Nick Basquine sustained an Achilles tendon injury that will sideline him for the year. New Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced the injury Saturday.

Although Basquine only caught 20 passes for 265 yards last season, he entered fall camp as one of the Sooners’ top candidates to replace star wide receiver Dede Westbrook, the Heisman Trophy finalist who is now a rookie with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

That puts even more pressure on Badet.

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Last season with the Wildcats, Badet caught 31 passes for 670 yards, an average of more than 21 yards per catch. That average yards-per-catch figure led the SEC and established him among the conference’s top deep threats last year, a feat even more impressive because of Kentucky’s run-first offense and less-than-stable quarterback situation.

Badet, who moved to Oklahoma in March on a graduate transfer, likely won’t have quarterback issues in Norman. The Sooners’ Baker Mayfield also was a Heisman finalist last season and ranks among the preseason favorites for the award this year.

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