Gavin Freeman included in College Sports Wire’s top Big 12 performers from week 1

It was an electric start to the season for Gavin Freeman and the Oklahoma Sooners. On the whole, OU did what they wanted to do against Arkansas State in every phase of the game, scoring 73 points, pitching a shutout on defense, and getting a big special teams play.

That big special teams play was Gavin Freeman’s 82-yard punt return for a touchdown on his first touch of the season. He was named to College Sports Wire’s top Big 12 performers from week one for his performance.

Freeman showed how electric he can be for the Oklahoma special teams in Week 1. Not a bad start for the sophomore who scored two touchdowns with the first coming on a punt return in the first quarter. – Patrick Conn, College Sports Wire

Freeman’s efforts also earned him co-Big 12 special teamer of the week.

The former walk-on had a big offseason, impressing the coaching staff and strength and conditioning staff. And he’s been able to take the work he’s done since winter workouts and put it to work for him and the Sooners on the field.

In addition to his electric punt return for a score, Freeman saw an increased workload due to the injury to Drake Stoops. He added four catches for 19 yards and another touchdown on the day.

Because of his speed and work with the ball in his hands, Freeman will continue to earn opportunities as both a wide receiver and as a return man. Week one was just a taste of what’s coming for his career in Norman.

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