In some ways, it seems ages ago when Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims addressed his future with OU. Two days before Oklahoma’s bowl game against the Ducks, Mims indicated that he planned to return to Oklahoma, but that no official decision had been made yet.
“I want to be sure here. I haven’t made that big of a decision yet, but I still want to be here. I’m pretty sure everyone who plays in this bowl game wants to be here too. There have been some leavers to go to other schools and things like that, but now that I’m here I definitely want to be in the crimson and cream next season,” Mims said on Dec. 27.
Mims was his signature explosive self against Oregon. The Frisco, Texas native pulled in a 55-yard touchdown grab to put OU ahead 23-3 and the Sooners would outpace the Ducks 47-32.
Of course, a lot has changed since then. True freshman quarterback Caleb Williams entered the transfer portal and OU has brought in UCF transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel. The Sooners also hosted USC transfer quarterback Jaxson Dart and USC transfer tight end Michael Trigg on recent visits, though the pair have yet to make a decision about their future.
All of this meant that Mims’ future could still hang in the air.
Oklahoma’s first workouts with Jerry Schmidt, the Sooners’ new director of sports improvement and strength and conditioning, began this week and Mims was in attendance.
That indicates that Mims is here to stay in Oklahoma. It’s huge news for Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator, Jeff Lebby, as he sets out to match his first strike in Norman with Mims’ talents.
Pro Football Focus ranked Mims as the 8th returning wide receiver of college football. Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about Mims.
Mims has yet to be a full-time starter, but his skills and level of production as a true freshman and sophomore were too good to ignore. He has a score of 86.5, 19.1 meters per catch, 3.14 meters per route and a passerby rating of 143.8 when targeted since 2020.
In that time frame, Mims has converted 34.4% of his goals into gains of 15 or more yards, the third-highest percentage in the Power Five. He should be a vital part of Jeff Lebby’s 2022 attack. – Pro Football Focus.
Over the course of his OU career, Mims has caught 69 passes for 1,315 receiving yards. Mims was Oklahoma’s leading receiver for the past two seasons, and he finished the 2021 season with 705 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
The 5-foot-11, 177-pound wide receiver was named an All-Big 12 honorable mention by the league’s head coaches for his work last season.
During the 2020 season, Mims equaled the Big 12 true freshman record and set the OU freshman record with nine touchdown receptions. He earned freshman All-America honors from The Athletic and ESPN and was selected as a second-team All-Big 12 by the Big 12’s head coaches and media.
According to Pro Football Focus, Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy checked in as college football’s No. 4 returning wide receiver, former OU wide receiver Mario Williams is No. 6 and TCU’s Quentin Johnston is No. 9.
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