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August 21, 2009

Options ahead

Many receivers for the Sooner offense will get their chance to shine

Oklahoma has a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, but it doesn’t mean much without some receivers. Thankfully, Sam Bradford won’t have a problem finding acceptable targets this season.

But they aren’t the ones that have become household names over the last several seasons.

The wide receiver positions are the spots where the Sooners have the biggest holes to fill heading into the 2009 season. Juaquin Iglesais, Manny Johnson and Quentin Chaney combined to catch 21 touchdowns last season and nearly half of OU’s receiving yards.

Receivers coach Jay Norvell isn’t concerned with filling the holes.

“I think we’re more athletic than last year. I think we’re more explosive than last year,” he said. “Now, if that adds up to productiveness, I’m not sure. We’ve got to be really tough and disciplined to be productive. But, we’ve got athletes and in that respect we may have more of a deep threat than we had last year.”

The Sooners’ most productive returning receiver is sophomore Ryan Broyles. The Norman High product enjoyed a breakout season as a freshman, catching 46 passes with six going for touchdowns. Last season he was used as a slot receiver. This year he’ll have to take a bigger role and become a dependable, every-play threat.

“It’s always good to have that game experience, but just because I have a year it doesn’t exclude me from working hard,” Broyles said. “I feel like I have a little more on my plate this season being the veteran, experience wise, and having to teach a lot of the younger guys how we do things.”

Broyles could very well become Bradford’s go-to receiver this season. Options are plentiful, however.

Another NHS product, Mossis Madu has made the move to wide receiver and is expected to move into the slot role Broyles filled a year ago.

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