When Drake Stoops decided to attend the University of Oklahoma and play football as a walk-on, there were many who thought it was a nice story for him to come play where his dad coached but didn’t expect any contribution.
But those who knew Stoops, and saw him play in high school, knew he was going to make the most of his opportunities. Stoops has become Mr. Reliable for the Sooners. He seems to get open when they need him to, and he catches just about everything as well.
The sixth-year senior had a pretty decent year a season ago, and some wondered if it would be his final season in Norman. Instead, he decided to use his extra year of eligibility and play one more time for the school he grew up watching.
What a decision that was. Stoops leads the Big 12 in receptions and is top 3 in yards this season. He has 62 catches for 692 yards and nine touchdowns. All of which leads the Sooners.
Because of the season he’s having, Stoops was named as a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy. That’s an award given to the nation’s best player who started their career as a walk-on.
Baker Mayfield is the only Sooner ever to take home that award. Stoops won’t have to wait long to find out. The Burlsworth Award will be given out on Dec. 4, 2023.