2024 Oklahoma football position preview: Wide receiver Jaquaize Pettaway

2024's preseason Oklahoma football position previews continue. Now its time for a look at the Sooner speed demon Jaquaize Pettaway
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Pettaway hails from Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas, where he established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the nation. During his senior year, Pettaway showcased his explosive playmaking ability, recording 1,234 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. His performance earned him a spot in the prestigious Under Armour All-America Game.

Pettaway made an immediate impact in his Sooners career, catching 9 balls for 56 yards against Arkansas State. Pettaway's first performance on a college football field established a school record for a true freshman playing in his first game.

Pettaway has game-changing speed. He lines up well in the slot and turns short passes into big gains at the drop of a hat. He has the potential to be a major difference-maker this fall for the Sooners. His skillset fits in particularly well with the new Sooner air raid offense.

As the Oklahoma Sooners gear up for the upcoming football season, Jaquaize Pettaway's name generates considerable buzz among the elite Sooners receiver corps. Pettaway's combination of Tyreek Hil-type speed, agility, and football IQ makes him a standout player to watch.

Pettaway's skill set is tailor-made for the Sooners' high-octane offense. His top-end speed allows him to stretch the field and create separation from defenders, while his precise route-running and reliable hands make him a dependable target in the passing game.

Ultimately, the most dangerous aspect of Pettaway's game is his fit in the Sooners' offensive attack. With him on the field, defenders will be forced to reallocate their fastest defender to cover him. He's too dangerous to allow a linebacker or strong safety cover. Taking the fastest corner and placing him on Pettaway opens up other elite speed receivers like Brenan Thompson or Deion Burks. Pettaway is a mismatch for any defender who doesn't have elite top-end speed.

While expectations for Pettaway are high, he appears capable of living up to the hype. His work ethic and football acumen have drawn praise from the coaching staff, and he has quickly earned the respect of his teammates.

Sooner nation knows about Jaquaize Pettaway. Now, it's time for the SEC and the rest of the college football world to find out who he is. They'll find out fast.

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