The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
Quarterback graduate transfers seem to get all the publicity, but Oklahoma picked up one of the biggest signings in college football’s de facto free-agent market this offseason. The Sooners were going to be light at the position following Dede Westbrook’s departure. Instead, Badet brings much-needed experience and big-play ability. In 2016, he caught 31 passes for 670 yards. Now, he gets the chance to see what he can do with Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield throwing the passes.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Badet led the SEC in yards per catch in 2016, with his grabs going for an average of 21.6 yards. Watching his highlights, two things stand out: speed and hands. Badet is good at creating space for himself, and he’s adept in the air for his listed height of 6-foot. He’s also a threat on special teams, with an average of 22.9 yards on kickoff returns last season. Look for Oklahoma to use him in that capacity. There’s potential for Badet to make a name for himself if he can and Mayfield can get on the page, which could result in a big payoff for both Badet and the Sooners.
Catch up on the series
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