Cameron Kenney, Jaz Reynolds ahead of the curve
Sophomores Dejuan Miller and Jameel Owens may have a year up of experience on junior-college transfer Cameron Kenney and true freshman Jaz Reynolds.
But if offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson had to fill out his opening day depth chart today, Kenney and Reynolds would be ahead of Miller and Owens at wide receiver.
"Jaz Reynolds and Cameron Kenney have made more plays than those guys in seven-on-seven and one-on-one drills," Wilson said. "That's just (wide receivers coach Jay Norvell) charting how many catches that you get.
"One guy has 30 catches and one guy has eight. So who are you going to play?"
Wilson pointed out that where Kenney and Reynolds especially have an edge on Miller and Owens is speed.
"In short term (Kenney and Reynolds) have shown some real speed, real explosion and they have done well short term and that is exciting," Wilson said. "Those two guys have complemented the old guys and the competition with the second team has picked up and that is what we needed."
The best around
Last Friday, Wilson heaped high praise on starting left tackle Trent Williams.
"The best lineman that I've had since I've been here — and I did have two former players (Jammal Brown and Davin Joseph) who played in the Pro Bowl last year that were first-round picks — is No. 71," Wilson said of Williams. "It's not close."
Williams admitted earlier this week that he'd heard what his offensive coordinator said of him.
"Yeah, I heard about it," Williams said. "I take it as motivation to go out there and be the best. Coach Wilson is a great coach and he has different tactics of motivating people."
Night train Lane
The Sooners made a surprise, late addition to their 2009 recruiting class. Last month, more than five months after national signing day, OU signed 6-foot-7, 252-pound Lane Johnson of Kilgore (Texas) College.
Johnson, actually a quarterback at Kilgore, is lining up at tight end for the Sooners.
Said coach Bob Stoops, "He's done a nice job. He's a big, strong, young guy that has great mobility and excellent speed. He fits in well with losing the guys we are. He's a guy that we're glad to have here right now developing.
"When you can play quarterback you can play about anything. So far he's shown toughness of getting in there and playing tight end."
Johnson, a sophomore, is expected to redshirt this season.
"He's got those funny looking shoes on. We've got to do something about that." — Norvell on Kenney, a former high school soccer player who wears soccer cleats at OU's practices.