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Sooners land some needed receiving help

With off-field issues for a trio of players at the position, wide receivers could be in short supply at the start of the 2012 season.

While the Sooners added a receiver transfer from Fresno State, Jalen Saunders very likely won’t be available until 2013 thanks to NCAA transfer rules. Immediate help for OU, however, is on its way.

According to the Daily Oklahoman, JUCO receiver LaColtan Bester has signed with the Sooners and will play for OU this coming season. Bester spent the 2011 season at East Mississippi Community College, where he caught 76 passes for 1,042 yards and 17 touchdowns. reported that Baylor and Kentucky, among others, were interested in the 6-3, 205-pound player. Bester will have three years to use his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility.

Receivers Trey Franks, Kameel Jackson and Jaz Reynolds were suspended indefinitely for unspecified violations of team rules earlier this month. What further punishment -- up to and including any game suspensions -- is on the offing for the trio is unclear.