Oklahoma lands Jeff Badet, grad transfer WR from Kentucky

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/229119/" data-ylk="slk:Jeff Badet">Jeff Badet</a> led the SEC in yards per reception last year. Now he will finish his career at Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Jeff Badet led the SEC in yards per reception last year. Now he will finish his career at Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Oklahoma has gone to the graduate transfer market to bolster its wide receiving group yet again.

After bringing in Geno Lewis from Penn State last year, the Sooners landed the speedy Jeff Badet from Kentucky on Tuesday. Once he graduates in May, he will be eligible immediately to suit up for OU.

Badet had 31 catches for the Wildcats last season and led the team with 670 yards and four scores. He’s a versatile, big play threat. In 2016, Badet’s 21.6 yards per reception led the SEC. The 6-foot, 180-pound Badet also averaged 22.9 yards per kickoff return on 15 attempts.


Badet missed the 2014 season because of an injury, but was productive in his other two seasons with the program. In 2013 as a true freshman, he was third on the Wildcats with 22 catches for 285 yards and a touchdown. Upon his return to the field in 2015, Badet caught 29 passes for 430 yards and two scores.

At Oklahoma he joins a wide receiver corps that lost Lewis and All-American Dede Westbrook, a Heisman finalist, along with running back Joe Mixon, who was second on the team behind Westbrook with 37 receptions. Tight end Mark Andrews (31 catches for 489 yards and seven touchdowns) is the team’s leading returning pass-catcher.

Oklahoma, coming off its second Big 12 title in a row, finished 11-2 in 2016, including a perfect 9-0 mark in conference play.

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