The Norman Transcript


April 3, 2009

Broyles working into role

NHS product OU's top returning wide receiver

Ryan Broyles was tired when he'd met a few reporters after Thursday's practice. He better get used to the work. Oklahoma's counting on a lot from the wide receiver.

He's about the only wide receiver still around from a group of wide receivers who caught 30 of Sam Bradford's 50 touchdown passes last season.

Juaquin Iglesias, Manny Johnson and Quentin Chaney are all working out in preparation for this month's NFL draft.

When it comes to wide receivers, Broyles, who had 44 receptions and six touchdowns last year as a redshirt freshman, is Bradford's only familiar target.

Receivers coach Jay Norvell would like to see the former Norman High standout's numbers skyrocket next season. But that means changes.

"Broyles' role has changed. He's got to be more consistent, more productive and he ain't coming off the field like he did last year," Norvell said.

Every player likes to hear a coach say something like that. Broyles, along with tight end Jermaine Gresham, are the two players the Sooners will try to build their passing attack around next season.

Gresham is used to the work load. Broyles, however, is getting a crash course.

"He (Norvell) said it's another thing to put in my tool kit, so playing inside and outside can go be a good thing," Broyles said. "I always want to be on the field."

Last season, he was used primarily in the slot. He went up against safeties and linebackers. His speed gave him an edge against both.

He's playing out wide this spring. There's more opportunities for big plays. He'll get matched in one-on-one matchups with cornerbacks for deep balls.

Bigger receivers traditionally thrive in that capacity. Bradford, however, has played enough with Broyles, who is generously listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, to believe he can break the mold.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • OU V Texas Casey sparks Sooners at the plate against Longhorns

    Oklahoma put runners in scoring position all night, but midway through Thursday’s series opener against Texas, the Sooners couldn’t do much with them. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, they had stranded a handful of runners, including ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • Shannon won’t face criminal charges

    Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon will not face criminal charges for an alleged sexual assault. Any punishment he receives will be through the University....

    April 18, 2014

  • Offense disappears in shutout loss to Mountaineers

    Everything Oklahoma did Thursday night looked rushed. It fell behind quickly, hacked at pitches early in counts and even recorded outs in a time-efficient manner....

    April 18, 2014

  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • OU womens gym Sooners eager for title shot

    After fighting all season long to stay near the top of the women’s gymnastics rankings, the time has come for Oklahoma to show it belongs there. The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships kick-off at 1 p.m. today and the second ranked ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fieger leads Senior PGA

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship....

    April 18, 2014

  • Kuchar builds on momentum

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Angel Jimenez set for Champions Tour debut

    DULUTH, Ga. — Miguel Angel Jimenez’s starring role in the best Masters ever for players 50 and over was the perfect lead-in for his Champions Tour debut....

    April 18, 2014

  • Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

    SAN FRANCISCO — Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field....

    April 18, 2014