Before the Sooners' 31-14 win over Iowa in the Insight Bowl, Jake Trotter and Brandon Chatmon analyzed each Oklahoma position group. Now, the SoonerNation staff is giving each position a grade for its performance in 2011.
Thanks to Ryan Broyles, this unit stays in the 'B' range. But only because of Broyles. After a preseason hamstring injury, Kenny Stills never found the groove he did as a true freshman, while the progress of Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks was interrupted by suspensions. Kameel Jackson’s development late was encouraging. But tight ends James Hanna and Trent Ratterree never factored into the passing game much.
- Jake Trotter
Broyles gets an 'A+' as the lone reason this group doesn’t get a 'C.' Stills is talented and productive but not as dominant as he could be if he wanted to be. Reynolds was a playmaking surprise and Jackson showed signs of being a difference maker. But Dejuan Miller and Franks didn’t step up when Broyles was injured, exposing the lack of depth of the group as a whole. Not to mention departed receivers Justin McCay and Sheldon McClain, who couldn’t even see the field as redshirt freshman despite OU drastically searching for playmakers at receiver. And Hanna was solid but unspectacular at tight end.
- Brandon Chatmon
Broyles gets an ‘A+,’ but there was definitely things left to be desired for the rest of the group. Stills didn’t seem like he was ready to be the No. 1 after Broyles’ injury. Miller was inconsistent, and after a great start, Reynolds wasn’t able to finish strong because of his health problems. The future looks good, however, for Jackson. Hanna was solid, if unspectacular. He went about his business but didn’t turn any heads, either.
- Bob Przybylo
There's no doubt that Oklahoma's receivers disappointed in 2011 after many assumed they had one of the deepest cores in the nation. But injuries and suspensions stalled their progress, and transfers have riddled their depth and outlook for 2012, which is why Jay Norvell is bring in four freshmen for next fall. But, all in all, the OU wideouts, while inconsistent, shined at times a deserve a solid grade.
- Dane Beavers
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