Transfers and opt-outs drastically alter an enticing Oregon vs. Oklahoma Alamo Bowl matchup

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This particular matchup would be vastly different if it were to be played in September.

Both Oregon and Oklahoma will be going into the Alamo Bowl a bit shorthanded. Opting out of bowl games or transferring out is becoming a common occurrence in college football and these two teams were not immune.

Oregon’s biggest loss will be defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who is expected to be a high first-round NFL draft pick in 2022.

Oklahoma benched its starting quarterback Spencer Rattler in the middle of the season, so he is currently looking for another school to finish out his collegiate career. The Sooners will also be missing their all-conference linebacker Nik Bonitto and his seven sacks, 19.5 in his career.

While both schools will still field teams and kick-off in San Antonio on Wednesday, it won’t look like the normal teams we’ve seen all year. Here are some of the players who won’t participate following opt-outs or transfers.

Devon Williams - Wide Receiver (NFL Draft)

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Redshirt Sophomore

2021: 35 catches, 557 yards, 4 touchdowns

Career (USC, Oregon): 55 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns

Kayvon Thibodeaux - Defensive End (NFL Draft)

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Super Sophomore

2021: 49 tackles, 35 solo, 12 for loss, 7 sacks

Career: 126 tackles, 84 solo, 35.5 for loss, 19 sacks

Mykael Wright - Cornerback, Kick Returner (NFL Draft)

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Super Sophomore

2021: 65 tackles, 46 solo, 1 interception, 12 kick returns, 27.7 ypr

Career: 113 tackles, 80 solo, 1 interception, 35 kick returns, 28.1 ypr, 2 touchdowns

Mycah Pittman - Wide Receiver (Transfer)

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Super Sophomore

2021: 12 catches, 197 yards

Career: 38 catches, 547 yards, 2 touchdowns

DJ James - Cornerback (Transfer)

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Super Sophomore

2021: 46 tackles, 34 solo, 2 interceptions

Career: 72 tackles, 53 solo, 2 interceptions

Jayson Jones - Defensive Tackle (Transfer)

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Redshirt Freshman

Career: 19 tackles, 5 solo, 1.5 sacks

Nik Bonitto - Oklahoma Linebacker (NFL Draft)

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Redshirt Junior

2021: 39 tackles, 23 solo, 7 sacks

Career: 118 tackles, 69 solo, 19.5 sacks, 1 interception

Isaiah Thomas - Oklahoma Defensive End (NFL Draft)

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Senior

2021: 38 tackles, 19 solo, 10.5 for loss, 7 sacks

Career: 80 tackles, 45 solo, 24.5 for loss, 16.5 sacks

Perrion Winfrey - Oklahoma Defensive Lineman (NFL Draft)

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Senior

2021: 23 tackles, 12 solo, 11 for loss, 5.5 sacks

Career: 40 tackles, 21 solo, 16.5 for loss, 6 sacks

Brian Asamoah - Oklahoma Linebacker (NFL Draft)

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Junior

2021: 80 tackles, 56 solo, 1 sack

Career: 168 tackles, 106 solo, 12.5 for loss, 5 sacks

Spencer Rattler - Oklahoma Quarterback (Transfer)

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Redshirt Sophomore

2021: 140-187 passing (75 percent), 1,483 yards (165 ypg), 11 touchdowns, 5 interceptions

Career: 361-515 passing (70 percent), 4,595 yards (200 ypg), 40 touchdowns, 12 interceptions

Austin Stogner - Oklahoma Tight End (Transfer)

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Junior

2021: 14 catches, 166 yards, 3 touchdowns

Career: 47 catches, 654 yards, 8 touchdowns

Jadon Haselwood - Oklahoma Wide Receiver (Transfer)

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Redshirt Sophomore

2021: 39 catches, 399 yards, 6 touchdowns

Career: 62 catches, 736 yards, 7 touchdowns

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