Brent Venables confirms a huge boost as Oklahoma football sets to gain defensive strength in the transfer portal…

Oklahoma football gets defensive boost in transfer portal, but take TE hit

Brent Venables’ Oklahoma football program received a mixed bag of NCAA Transfer Portal news.

Oklahoma football, under Brent Venables, has experienced a mixed bag of outcomes from the NCAA Transfer Portal. While there’s a setback with tight end Blake Smith entering the portal, the program is set to gain defensive strength with the addition of Jocelyn Malaska.

Blake Smith’s decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, as reported by Randall Sweet of Sports Illustrated, stems from the expectation of limited playing time in a crowded rotation. Despite contributing solid backup minutes this season, Smith’s opportunities may be overshadowed by the arrival of two prime tight ends: Bauer Sharp, a transfer, and highly sought-after incoming freshman Davon Mitchell. The return of Kaden Helms further complicates Smith’s chances to stand out.

On a positive note, the Sooners are set to welcome Jocelyn Malaska to their secondary, according to John E. Hoover of Sports Illustrated. Malaska, who redshirted as a freshman and played five games for Utah this season, brings a versatile skill set that extends beyond defense.

His impressive high school record of seven touchdowns and 93 receptions showcases his offensive capabilities. As a potential Swiss army knife for Venables’ squad, the decision on how to utilize Malaska effectively will rest with the Oklahoma football program in the upcoming season.

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