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Jeff Badet opens up about decision to transfer to Oklahoma

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Since announcing his farewell to the BBN, former Kentucky receiver Jeff Badet has stayed relatively quiet about his move to Norman, Oklahoma to play for the Sooners.

Now, he’s ready to open up about his decision to transfer.

In an interview with NewsOK.com, Badet says the opportunity to win a championship with Heisman trophy candidate QB Baker Mayfield pushed him to Oklahoma.

“I kind of already knew I was going to come here, just to be able to catch passes from (Mayfield,)” said Badet.

Mayfield was quick to compliment Badet’s speed on the outside and the massive receiving role he’ll be able to take over in Norman.

Jeff adds a whole different element with the deep ball,” Mayfield said. “He’s able to go up and get it. He’s a guy that’s able to track the ball really well, which is something you’re either born with or you’re not. It’s good to see we have a guy like that in our locker room.”

What does he plan on bringing to the Sooners? Veteran leadership, he says.

“I just bring my leadership in,” he said. “I’m the guy that actually knows defenses and when to run this type of route, or that type of route. When I’m talking to those guys, I can be that type of leader.”

When asked why he wanted to leave Kentucky for his final year of eligibility, Badet said he was ready to compete for a title, not continue to “build.”

“When I was at Kentucky, we were building a program,” Badet said. “‘Let’s win these games. Now let’s make it to a bowl game, now let’s win the SEC East.’ Here, it’s all championship … It’s just straight business.”

He won’t be playing for Mark Stoops’ brother Bob, but Badet will still likely have a massive year for the Sooners.

See you in Atlanta, Jeff.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Jeff Badet opens up about decision to transfer to Oklahoma



  1. rnet
    4:05 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    What does see you in Atlanta mean ??



    • Josh Juckett
      4:39 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

      BCS Championship site



    • bbnboy2012
      8:00 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

      BCS don’t exist fam



  2. Samattox47
    4:42 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    I hope somehow we make it to the title game against them and beat them just to rub it in his face. No loyalty. If he didnt want to be in a building state he shouldnt have come to kentucky.



    • ready4nineNOW
      6:33 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

      Haaa. Hater. You are mad at a kid for putting himself in a position to better his future, in his eyes. He fulfilled his obligation at UK. He graduated. Universities make so much $ off these kids AND can pull their scholarship whenever they like. Scholarships are only good for ONE year. He is a receiver that was at a run first school and league for that matter. Stop acting like a brat that had his toy taken away and be happy for all he did for us. Wish him the best. You are the type to say that in this instance, but would praise Bake Mayfield if he were to transfer to UK. Go on somewherr with that garbage, and GO CATS!



    • Samattox47
      6:53 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

      Just saying. If he was focused on winning a championship and not rebuilding, he shouldnt have come to UK in the first place. I am happy for what he did here but to say his goal was to win a title but then comes to Kentucky…lets be honest, we are not the place for that. He can do what he wants. He was a big part in the rebuilding of this team and turned his back.
      Also, Baker Mayfield would never transfer to Kentucky. I wouldnt want him anyway.



    • BBNDan7
      7:38 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

      “I wouldn’t want him to anyway” lol yeah okay buddy



    • Samattox47
      8:37 am August 7, 2017 Permalink

      If you like Baker Mayfield so much, go cheer for Oklahoma. Im happy with Stephen Johnson and the CATS!



  3. ukkatzfan
    5:12 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    Hoping Stoops gives him a couple tickets to watch us play for NC



  4. kydrummer
    5:17 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    Good luck to this young man. We’ll miss you in BBN country!



  5. blueballs80
    6:38 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    Hey if that’s the way you feel, by all means, it was better you left. He better hopes Ok makes it to the championship with a new young coach. I don’t see them making it to the championship. Alabama is returning its offensive arsenal back so good luck with that.



  6. EdC
    9:17 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    Right so NOW he is going to actually CATCH passes and not bump them up for soft interceptions? I don’t see that happening.



  7. Luether
    9:22 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    Good riddance…



  8. bhoop33
    10:23 pm August 6, 2017 Permalink

    Stephen Johnson isn’t the best passer in the world. But he does throw a pretty good deep ball. How many of those did he put on the money that Badet dropped? Yeah he caught a few big ones, but he also dropped some big ones, against Georgia for example. I have no problem with him going to Oklahoma, but have some more respect for the school that first gave you an opportunity.



  9. notFromhere
    1:15 am August 7, 2017 Permalink

    It’s all talk until you make the big plays and are in the playoff with a chance for a title. I appreciated his time here, but having no respect for his teammates, coaches, etc that supported him even when he came up short in big games (and theyre all big in the SEC) a few times is really not classy. When you don’t impact a game much after October, where does the finger need to be pointed?

    Kentucky can compete and has been competitive in the SEC the past few years, so it’s no longer a “can’t happen here” thing or a “if you wanted to compete… why’d you come to Kentucky” thing. UK beat a team on their own field that was a hefty favorite, highly ranked, and had a Heisman QB playing the whole game. That’s competing at a championship level.

    He can go play “me first” somewhere else. Don’t care what he does now



  10. 8xchamp
    9:36 am August 7, 2017 Permalink

    Good luck to him getting hit in the numbers and either dropping the pass or handing it off to the dB covering him in Oklahoma