Oklahoma Sooners 2011 Football Preview: Wide Receivers

By Luke McConnell

With the news of wide receiver Trey Metoyer going to Hargrave Military Academy for the semester and putting off enrolling at Oklahoma until January, it’s time to look at the wide receiver that will be on the field for the Sooners in 2011.

The receiving corps starts with Ryan Broyles, a senior who by the end of the season, could potentially hold a very high number of NCAA receiving records. Last season, Broyles had 131 receptions for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns. And that was with a couple games where he did not have 100 yards receiving.

Broyles is fast and has great hands. Coach Bob Stoops has constantly said that Broyles does things that make you scratch your head and wonder how he did that.

Behind Broyles is a lot of talent and a lot of bodies. Leading the way is sophomore Kenny Stills who had 61 catches for 786 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman last year. Stills is a very mature player considering how young he is and is just as fast as Broyles.

Stills will be suspended for the Sooners’ first game against Tulsa on Saturday, punishment for his DUI that he received back in January. Stoops has not come out and said that Stills is suspended but it is his policy that he does not announce suspensions.

Sophomore Trey Franks also earned a starting spot on the depth chart released on Monday by the coaching staff. Franks saw action in every game last season, but his productivity increased as the season went along.

Oklahoma is welcoming back two players to the fold, Jaz Reynolds and DeJuan Miller. Reynolds was suspended indefinitely after making insensitive comments on Twitter about the shooter on the campus of the University of Texas last October. Reynolds has been making the coaches heads turn with his play in fall camp and receivers coach Jay Norvell has been impressed with the way he has matured.

Miller suffered an injury against Iowa State and missed the rest of the season, but has recovered completely and will offer a great target for quarterback Landry Jones. Miller’s 6’4″ frame will be a big (literally) weapon for the Sooners this season.

The surprise of camp has been the emergence of true freshman Kameel Jackson. Jackson was highly touted as an athlete, but with the depth at the receiver position, hardly anyone thought that he would be in the discussion for a lot of playing time this season. Yet, when the two-deep depth chart was released on Monday, Jackson made the cut, behind Trey Franks at the third wide receiver position.

Jones will have all kinds of targets to throw to this season. The Sooners have plenty of wide receivers and all of them are extremely talented. They’ll be a key factor in the level of Oklahoma’s success this season.

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