NORMAN — By the end of last season, Cameron Kenney lost his swagger, lost his confidence and ultimately lost his spot in the Oklahoma wide receiver rotation.
Less than a year later, he has regained all three. And, has answered the Sooners' call for a No. 2 wideout to take the heat off Ryan Broyles.
During OU's 47-17 demolition of Florida State last Saturday, Kenney was tremendous, catching four passes for 73 yards and a highlight reel touchdown. On that play, Kenney went up over cornerback Greg Reid along the sidelines to bring down the 36-yard score, which put the Sooners in command of the game for good.
"I'm very pleased with Cameron," coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "I noticed even a couple of weeks before the season he was more consistent in practice, stepping up, making more plays. And he's done so our first two games. It's good to see that. He needs to do that. He's capable of it. I'm hopeful it will even pick up more because he has really good ability to be a guy you can really count on."
Kenney's turnaround has been remarkable, considering where he ended up last season.
Kenney came to Norman via Garden City Community College, where he emerged as one of the top junior-college wideouts in the country. A native of the Atlanta area, Kenney signed with OU over Georgia and arrived with high expectations.
But after dropping three passes and committing a false start against Baylor in the Big 12 opener, Kenney's playing time began to slide. Then at Kansas, Kenney basically lost his spot in the rotation after a pass bounced off his chest into the arms of a Jayhawk defender.
"I was such a nervous wreck last year," Kenney said. "Every time I would get a call, I would completely over think everything.