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Dejuan Miller boosts Sooners’ receiving outlook for ’10

BY JAKE TROTTER Published: March 14, 2010
NORMAN — Going into last season, Dejuan Miller was just trying to make a name for himself.

It took awhile.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound wide receiver all the way from New Jersey spent the majority of Oklahoma’s non-conference games on the sidelines, due to inconsistency in practice.

But when OU’s other, older receivers proved to be inconsistent in games, Miller got his chance on the field.

And by OU’s final game — when he caught six passes for 84 yards in a 31-27 win over Stanford in the Sun Bowl — Miller was the Sooners’ second-best pass-catching option behind slot man Ryan Broyles.

"I feel that game was a springboard for me,” Miller said.

Now, Miller and the rest of OU’s up-and-coming receiving corps are using their Sun Bowl performance as a springboard toward improving more during the spring.

"We showed in the bowl game that we are a solid receiver corps,” Miller said. "And 2010 I feel is going to be a pretty good year.”

For a good part of last season, receiver was one of OU’s weaknesses.

Other than Broyles, quarterback Landry Jones had no reliable targets through the first half of the season.