NORMAN — Bob Stoops continued stockpiling former Oklahoma talent on his Dallas Renegades team in the XFL Draft.
On the final day he picked up former Norman High and OU receiver Ryan Broyles, who played with the Sooners from 2008-11.
Broyles finished his college career as the all-time leader in receiving yards among Power 5 teams. He still owns numerous records at OU, such as catches per game (15), catches in a season (131), receiving yardage in a season (1,622) and receiving yardage in a career (4,586). His 45 career receiving touchdown are also a record.
He’ll reunite with the quarterback who threw many of those passes. Landry Jones, OU’s QB from 2009-12, was assigned to the Renegades ahead of the draft.
Dallas also picked up former OU receiver Jeff Badet, fullback Dimitri Flowers and defensive end Frank Alexander.
The XFL plans to begin games in February 2020. In 2018, Vince McMahon announced a "re-imagined” secondary professional league after the initial attempt failed after one season in 2001.
Last November, the eight cities involved — Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington D.C. — were announced.
“It sounds like he’s really enjoyed the process,” OU coach Lincoln Riley said of Stoops. “I think they’re excited to have a team now and able to put it together.”
• Ealy, Swenson get back: OU right tackle Adrian Ealy said he didn’t feel much rust playing Texas, his first game in four weeks.
But offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh indicated Ealy practiced even less leading up to the game than Erik Swenson, the left tackle who returned after a one-game absence.
“Adrian didn’t do a lot of stuff. I think he got back in on Wednesday and did some drills. Thursday is a walkthrough for us, Friday is a light practice. Really proud of him. That’s not easy to do,” Bedenbaugh said. “The guy hadn’t practiced in three weeks. It was more walkthrough stuff that he did. That’s a tough situation to be in. Swenson practiced on and off the whole week. Adrian, like I said, started back Wednesday and didn’t do a ton. But he went out there and did a decent job.
• Haselwood’s absence no big deal: Freshman Jadon Haselwood, OU’s third-leading receiver going into the Texas game, didn’t play a snap against the Longhorns.
It wasn’t by design. Riley wished he’d played more people offensively.
“Not really. You talk to the guys about a plan going in. I thought defensively, we stuck to it pretty well. I thought offensively, we didn’t play enough guys,” Riley said. “Those guys are ready to play and ready to play in that moment. We’ve got to do a better job offensively sticking to our set plans. We didn’t do as good a job there. We’ve got a lot of young guys that were certainly ready to play in that game who didn’t get to play much. We’ve counted on a bunch of them up to this point and we’ll count on them more and more going forward.”
• Early birds: Riley turned down an opportunity to gripe about OU’s latest 11 a.m. kickoff, part of what will be five in a row.
He did say some recruits have had to reschedule visits because they can’t get into town on time after playing a Friday night game.
Riley reiterated coaches have no say in the game times, with the exception this year being Houston in the season opener.
“We probably find out 30 minutes before the public does,” he said.
• This, that: OU made the top-10 list of schools for Emeka Egbuka, the nation’s top receiver from the 2021 class. … USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz reports that Riley has met the threshold for a $30,000 bonus since OU’s new NCAA Graduation Success Rate reached 73.2 percent. Per his contract, Riley was due a raise if the success rate reached at least 65 percent.