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Key Oklahoma Sooners Offensive Lineman Returning for 2021 Season

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The Oklahoma Sooners offensive line got a nice boost on Sunday when Marquis Hayes Jr. announced he would be returning to Norman for the 2021 season.

Hayes made the announcement on Twitter, saying in part, “After many long conversations and prayers, I’ve decided to return to Oklahoma for my senior season. Although my dream is to play at the highest level in the NFL, we have unfinished business at Oklahoma on the football field. Boomer Sooner.”


This is certainly welcomed news as it comes just days after star center Creed Humphrey announced he would be leaving for the NFL Draft. The Oklahoma Sooners smoked the Florida Gators 55-20 in the Cotton Bowl last week and will be, once again, the likely favorite to win the Big 12 in 2021.

Marquis Hayes Jr. started every game this season at right guard and according to Pro Football Focus allowed just two sacks on 386 passing plays. This was his second year as a starter at Oklahoma.

Hayes was recruited to Oklahoma as part of the Class of 2017 where Rivals ranked him as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 guard in the class.

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