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‘Super’ Mario Williams will be the Next Oklahoma Star Wide Receiver

NCAA Football: Missouri State at Oklahoma

A season ago, Marvin Mims took center stage as a freshman phenom for the Oklahoma offense. Mims proved why he was high school football’s all-time leading receiver against stiff Texas 6A competition. Mims was doubted heavily out of high school, barely making the cut as a four-star and ranked the No. 24 wide receiver in the country, according to 247Sports.

The sensational freshman led OU in receiving and receiving touchdowns, despite often playing off the bench. At Oklahoma, if you are good enough you will get the chance to play right away, but certainly the magical chairs going on in that wide receivers room in Norman played a role.  

 

This season, OU will be breaking in another new potential super star as a freshman: Mario Williams. The Plant City Florida product was rated as a five-star coming out by Rivals, but because of 247sports, the talented pass catcher was not a five-star on the composite. Ranking only 15th among the wide receivers of the class, according 247. Mario has been working with the first team offense a ton this spring with so many absences in the room. Theo Wease has been injured this spring, and Trejan Bridges has been dealing with some of his own problems. The Sooners also lost a pair of talented pass catchers to the transfer portal in Theo Howard and Charleston Rambo. Add in that Obi Obialo has left the football team and you end up with an empty room, and Williams has taken advantage. After all, the two-sport star has always done that, whether on the diamond or gridiron. Williams recorded more than 40 TD catches and 3,000 yards in his high school football career, while also starring at 2nd base for his high school baseball team.

Williams impresses with his burst of speed off the line of scrimmage, he is shifty in space, and flashes elite speed. Williams has drawn comparisons to former Sooners wide out Sterling Shepard, who was a creative route runner, whose subtle movements helped him create separation for catches.

“He’s got a chance to impact early. Very fast, One of the fastest players on our side of the ball.” Oklahoma inside wide receivers coach Cale Gundy told the media.

 

“He loves to compete, he loves practice, he loves to play ball. And he is just a good player. He’s an intelligent young man. Besides the football side of it, he comes out there every day and he loves to compete,” said Gundy. “He’s always got a smile on his face. He loves football; he loves competition, and he loves football. And I’m glad he’s here with us.”

While it is no shock that a coach would have plenty of good things to say about his players, it’s another for insiders to constantly hear about the next explosive play he has made, and against a defense many expect to be the best in the Big 12 next season. Last season Marvin Mims was “That dude for the Oklahoma offense”, and perhaps this year with the status of Bridges in question, and depth concerns at the position, this will be the year for Super Mario.

Oklahoma’s expectations for the 2021 season are through the roof, perhaps Williams will be the one to put on the cape, and float above the competition. 

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