NORMAN — True freshman wide receiver Kenny Stills didn’t last long during the player draft to split up the Sooner roster between Red and White.
Saturday, everyone got to see why.
The early enrollee out of Carlsbad, Calif., dazzled the crowd of more than 16,000 as his White team rolled to a 23-0 victory over the Red in Oklahoma’s Spring Game at Owen Field.
"Kenny is very comfortable, very natural,” coach Bob Stoops said. "With body control, going after the ball, running routes — he sure has made some excellent progress in a short time.
"He has a chance to be a really good player.”
Stills showed that chance might come as soon as next season.
He led all receivers with six catches for 84 yards, which featured a pair of electric catches downfield that turned out to be the two best plays of the day.
On the first, Stills came back on an underthrown pass by quarterback Landry Jones, fought through cornerback Lamar Harris and scooped the ball up before it hit the turf.
The 38-yard catch gave the White a first down on third-and-11 and led to a Jimmy Stevens field goal, the first points of the game.
"Ask any receiver, you love one-on-one,” Stills said. "That’s what you live for.
"If you can’t beat a guy one-on-one, then you’re no good.”
Stills was plenty good Saturday, especially in one-on-one.
In the fourth quarter, Stills again was matched up with Harris in single coverage downfield. Jones lofted a pass to the end zone, and Stills went up over Harris and took the ball away for a touchdown.
"Kenny Stills, he’s an explosive receiver,” said Jones, who seems to have already developed a chemistry with Stills, even though the two have only been practicing together for two months.