OU's Rambo expects to produce even more in the future
PASADENA, Calif. — After a career night Saturday in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains, Oklahoma receiver Charleston Rambo wasn’t disappointed.
But Rambo expects more for himself.
More than the five catches, 116 yards and two touchdowns he had in the Sooners’ 48-14 whipping of UCLA. More than being the Sooners’ primary deep-ball threat as he steps into the role Marquise Brown occupied over the last two seasons.
What is more?
“Two-hundred yard games more,” Rambo said. “It’s just a glimpse from tonight but more to come in conference play.”
Rambo’s performance over the Sooners’ last five games — he was a standout in both the Big 12 Championship Game and the Orange Bowl last season — have no doubt increased his confidence. But Rambo had plenty of confidence in himself even before that.
“They’re sleeping on me,” Rambo said before the season. “All the media talks about is ‘CeeDee (Lamb) this,’ ‘CeeDee that,’ Grant (Calcaterra). We’ve (also) got some young guys and we’ve got me. We’re going to be good.”
The Sooners are good — really good — at wide receiver and Rambo is a big reason why.
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Through two games, it’s Rambo — not Lamb — who is Oklahoma’s leading receiver. He has 11 catches for 251 yards and four receiving touchdowns. All of those marks are team highs.
“I’m happy he’s going well,” Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts said. “He’s heading in the right direction for sure. We’ll continue to get better, all of us.”
Rambo attributes his chemistry with Hurts — and Hurts’ trust in him — to the days when Hurts arrived in Norman.
Hurts had to stay with Rambo and Lamb, his roommate, for a few days before moving into permanent housing.
“Just getting to know him and the type of person he is,” Rambo said of the initial time around Hurts. “He’s a humble, confident player. He motivates me to do more. He sets the bar. I just go reach it."
It was a few days before Hurts and Rambo did any on-field workouts. When they did go to OU’s indoor facility to run routes, there was already a strong base between the two.
Rambo isn’t about to make people forget about Lamb, but he’s emerging as another top target for Hurts.
If Rambo can turn in a 200-yard game at some point, he’d become only the sixth player in school history to accomplish the feat. Lamb hasn’t done it — yet at least. Marquise Brown, Dede Westbrook and Ryan Broyles have done it twice each while Sterling Shepard and Manuel Johnson had one such games.
Those are the kind of lofty expectations that Rambo has for himself, and that preseason declaration seems more factual than braggadocious a little more than a month later.
“It’s just natural right now,” Rambo said of his emergence as a go-to receiver under Hurts. “I’ve got more in the tank. More to come.”
Texas Tech at No. 5 OU
When: TBD Saturday, Sept. 28
Where: Owen Field, Norman
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