Sooners OC Jeff Lebby believes a breakout day is coming for Jalil Farooq

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jalil Farooq hasn’t had the start many expected. The speedy former four-star has one reception on five targets in Oklahoma’s first two games. He didn’t touch the ball at all in week 2 against Kent State.

Sooners’ offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby isn’t concerned, however. When a reporter mentioned Farooq, a big smile appeared on Lebby’s face.

“I think the biggest thing is that the ball hasn’t found him,” said Lebby. “That’s part of playing this game. I’m proud of him for being incredibly steady and playing as hard as he’s played.”

When the targets don’t come, it’s easy for a receiver to lose focus, but Lebby didn’t seem to be worried about that.

“Just keep doing exactly what you’re doing,” said Lebby of Farooq. “The ball is going to find you, and good things are going to happen… There’s going to be a moment in time where he’s going to have a breakout day, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for everybody.”

It hopefully won’t be very fun for opposing secondaries.

If Lebby is looking for a breakout for his sophomore wide receiver, the week three matchup with the Nebraska Cornhuskers may be just what Farooq needs.

The Cornhuskers’ defense ranks 13th in passing yards allowed per game in and 14th in rushing yards allowed per game in the Big Ten. They rank 113th nationally in passing yards allowed per game.

With the Sooners’ offensive line likely getting a much-needed piece back in Wanya Morris, Dillon Gabriel should have plenty of time to get the ball to Farooq and the rest of his weapons in the Oklahoma offense.

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