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TE Austin Stogner Returns to Oklahoma After One Season with South Carolina

NCAA Football: Oklahoma Spring Game

The NCAA Transfer Portal is just downright crazy right now, and Oklahoma’s most recent commitment shows why.

Former Oklahoma tight end Austin Stogner is returning to Norman after spending the 2022 season at South Carolina.

Stogner spent three seasons in Norman before transferring to play for Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks last season and made quite the impact during his first stint in Norman with 47 catches, 654 yards, and eight touchdowns.

The 6-5, 249-pound senior tight end caught 20 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown in Columbia this past season and didn’t reach the level of production that he had hoped.

Now, back in a Sooners’ uniform but in a new system, Stogner will hope that a return home helps him see more target, which is almost a certainty in Jeff Lebby’s system.

Senior tight end Brayden Willis has run out of eligibility after this season, but his final year in Norman was by far his most productive. In 2022, Willis secured 35 catches for 456 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to this season, Willis had 36 receptions for 484 yards and six scores in four seasons.

Adding Stogner back to the roster is a huge deal for Oklahoma, as the tight end was a position of need going into the offseason. Both the Sooners and their new/old tight end have to be happy with how things played out in this situation and have to be excited about what’s to come in 2023.

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