The Norman Transcript

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April 17, 2011

Long day for receivers

NORMAN — Wide receivers Dejuan Miller, Jaz Reynolds and quarterback Blake Bell played for both teams Saturday. For Bell, it was a matter of evening out the plays for him and Drew Allen.

For Miller and Reynolds, it was a matter of a lack of depth at wide receiver. Receivers coach Jay Norvell let both know they would both be in for long days.

Both wore their red jerseys and slipped on white pullover jerseys when they had to flip sides.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought,” said Miller, who had eight catches for 69 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown reception. “I got a lot more reps than I expected, but getting more reps means getting more work and getting a chance to prove yourself and show how much I’ve progressed over the spring.”

The oddity was Bell’s touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter was set up by a fumble when he was quarterbacking the other side. He switched sides of the field and threw a 17-yard touchdown to Trey Franks.

“I’m think Blake had his best interest at heart on both teams,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.

More than snaps

James Winchester saw extensive work at wide receiver early in the game. Some of it had to do with injuries at wide receiver, Ryan Broyles being held out and other receivers playing only sparingly.

Stoops said Winchester plays wide receiver on the scout team at times. And figured if he wanted to play it in the game, it was worth risking injury to the deep snapper.

“He likes it and he has fun. Don’t act like I’m a fool if one of these days the guy gets hurt in practice and he can’t snap the ball and we have to go to somebody else,” Stoops said. “You only live once and he’s only going to be here for a period of time and wants to enjoy it. He’s having fun and I find it hard not to let him.”

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