NORMAN — Kenny Stills played his last high school football game a little less than six months ago, but he showed in the Red/White Game he could have a big impact for the Sooners next season.
Stills had a game-high six receptions for 81 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown reception from Landry Jones.
“I felt like when I left high school that’s what the possibilities were for me,” Stills said. “I felt like if I was going to leave early, I better put my best foot forward and go out there and work hard every day and try to get on the field.”
It was an impressive debut.
The Sooners struggled at receiver beyond Ryan Broyles and Dejuan Miller, who emerged late in the season, last year. Having a big spring game could elevate Stills’ status heading into the fall.
“He looks like a guy that’s got a chance to be a good player. He looks like he could be one of our more comfortable, instinctive guys, ahead of the curve,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. “If we’re playing today, you would think he would have a nice role.”
Jimmy Stevens was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts with makes from 39, 31 and 27 yards. But it wasn’t exactly a great day for him nor Patrick O’Hara.
Neither faced a rush in any of their attempts. Steven’s 39-yard attempt banked off the left goal post and caromed through. The other two attempts were cleaner.
O’Hara missed his only attempt from 43 yards. He actually got two shots at it. The first was blocked by defensive end R.J. Washington, who didn’t get the memo there would be no block attempts. O’Hara’s free kick sailed wide right.
Neither Stevens nor O’Hara were very consistent last season with O’Hara getting the job late in the season. Both are battling for the starting job and the competition is expected to continue into the fall.