Four Oklahoma Sooners Suspended Indefinitely, Big Blow to Wide Receiver Corp
The week started on a high note for Sooner Nation, as three Texas Longhorns were arrested for late night shenanigans at a Pizza Parlor. The same off-season bug that bit the ‘Horns would make it’s way north to Norman just two days later.
After much speculation, OU head coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday night that four Sooners would be suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, including wide receivers Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson, as well as back-up safety Quentin Hayes.
For Stoops and the Sooners, this is a big blow to a receiving corp that lost Ryan Broyles, Dejuan Miller, Trent Ratterree, James Hanna, and Austin Haywood.
For QB Landry Jones it will be adjustment time yet again. Following Ryan Broyles’ season-ending knee injury (torn left ACL) against Texas A&M last season, Jones comfortably turned to Reynolds as one of his top targets, along with WR Kenny Stills.
Reynold’s was the Sooners’ third-leading receiver during the 2011-12 season, recording 41 catches for 715 yards and five TD’s.
Good news for Sooner Nation, however, is big-time target Kenny Stills will be back to build on his solid 2011 campaign. Stills recorded 61 receptions for 849 yards, and 8 touchdowns for the Sooners last season.
Stoops and the Sooners are also excited to have Trey Metoyer enrolled and suiting up for the team after failing to qualify in 2011. Metoyer led OU with 72-yards receiving in the Red-White spring game.
Stills, Metoyer, and junior college transfer Courtney Gardner look to be a very explosive trio of receivers, and barring the return of Reynolds and the rest of the suspended receivers, the OU attack in 2012 should be more than formidable.
SB Nation’s Crimson and Cream Machine on the trio of receivers:
The rise of Trey Metoyer, proving that he’s game ready this spring, makes this blow much easier to absorb. He and Kenny Stills have the outside receiver spots locked up and when you add Courtney Gardner’s 6-3/215 frame into the mix then you have a very solid trio of receivers to start with. Stills is Oklahoma’s most experienced receiver and now his leadership is needed more than ever as he is the only receiver left on the roster that has caught a pass in an OU football game. Since coaches cannot monitor summer workouts it’ll be up to Stills to act as a player/coach for the youngsters.
Metoyer looked like a man among boys at times this spring by literally catching everything that was in the general area of his hands. A strong case could have already have been made that Gardner was more of a key to success in 2012 than Jaz Reynolds was. Last year he averaged 18 yards per reception while hauling in 61 passes for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns at Sierra Community College.
Stoops also signed five receivers in the 2012 class, three of them being ranked in the ESPN top 150, who will hopefully be able to provide an immediate impact to the depth chart.
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