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Crimson Countdown: No. 80 Josh Fanuiel

headshotby:George Stoia06/11/24


The Crimson Countdown is officially on for the 2024 Oklahoma football season. Fans have been waiting for what feels like forever with this one. The Sooners are finally and officially joining the SEC.

The 2023 season was a rebound one for head coach Brent Venables, getting the program back to its standard. OU went 10-3 in Venables’ second season, now it’s time for year No. 3.

Every day as we get closer to kickoff, will count down the days with you. Starting with No. 99 and working our way to No. 0, we’ll be there every step of the way.

Crimson Countdown: No. 80 Josh Fanuiel

2023 stats: Played in six games

2024 outlook: A former basketball player at Cameron University in Lawton, Fanuiel is still adjusting to playing football at this level for the first time. And OU likes Fanuiel’s potential. At 6-foot-3, 243 pounds, Fanuiel has good size and athleticism for a tight end.

In high school at Lawrence E. Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, Fanuiel averaged 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Last year at Oklahoma, in his first year playing football, Fanuiel played the third most snaps of any tight end.

2024 tight end outlook 

One room that has a totally new look in 2024 is the tight end room. Austin Stogner took nearly every snap last year at tight end. He’s now gone and there are several new faces. Transfers Bauer Sharp and Jake Roberts are expected to lead the way. Sharp was especially impressive in the spring, with Roberts missing all of spring with an injury. OU also brought in highly-touted freshman Davon Mitchell, who by far has the most talent of the group. But don’t forget about Kaden Helms and Kade McIntyre, who both return from injury. 

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