Oklahoma football has had great success in recent years picking up talent through the so-called transfer portal, and they are at it again this offseason adding a veteran receiver from UCLA to an already deep receiving corps.
ESPN and other media outlets are reporting that UCLA wide receiver Theo Howard is transferring to Oklahoma for his final season of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, he will be able to play immediately in 2020.
Howard played in 33 games for UCLA. His best season was in 2018, when he caught 51 passes for 677 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 13.3 yards per reception.
In three active seasons as a receiving target in the Bruins offensive attack, he had 119 catches for 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns. He missed all of the 2019 season with hand and wrist injuries.
The UCLA wide receiver caught two passes for 53 yards — one of which was for 45 yards — in the 2018 game between Oklahoma and UCLA in Norman, won by the Sooners 49-21.
Howard announced his transfer decision in a post on his Instagram account, showing a photo image of himself in an Oklahoma jersey.
The addition comes at a good time for head coach Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma because of the departure of CeeDee Lamb, who announced after the Sooners’ loss to UCLA in the College Football Playoff that he is declaring for the NFL Draft.
In three seasons at Oklahoma. Lamb caught 173 passes for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns. Those 32 TDs are the most among non-seniors. The runner-up for this season’s Biletnikoff Award, Lamb caught four passes for 119 yards in the loss to LSU.