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OU notebook: Wide receiver a strength; Building defensive end depth

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: August 8, 2011

Wide receiver a strength

One of Bob Stoops' biggest concerns a year ago was developing some receivers to complement Ryan Broyles. This season, OU has one of the top receiver corps in the country.

Kenny Stills and Trey Franks combined for 90 receptions as true freshmen. Senior Dejuan Miller has 53 career catches. Sophomore Jaz Reynolds has played well after redshirting last season.

"Kenny Stills no longer is a freshman," Stoops said. "Dejuan Miller is back healthy. Trey Franks has made some nice plays the last few days and isn't a freshman anymore. Ryan Broyles is one of the more special guys out there. And I'm excited about Jaz Reynolds' progression."

Building D-end depth

Defensive end Frank Alexander has the most career starts (18) on defense other than Travis Lewis. Ronnell Lewis started four games last season, David King three. Redshirt freshmen Geneo Grissom and Chuka Ndulue have made an impression early in camp.

"After having a good spring, Chuka has really taken it to another level where he's starting to earn that trust," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "We're starting to feel better about the depth there. We really feel a fourth guy will emerge."

Sampson on Capel's staff

Kellen Sampson tweeted this weekend: "Great wedding for the boss last night. Jeff Capel was funny with the best man speech."

Sampson was hired in May as an assistant at Appalachian State under Jason Capel, Jeff's brother.

Kellen Sampson, son of former OU coach Kelvin Sampson, was on Jeff Capel's staff before spending one season at Stephen F. Austin.

Fired after five years at OU, Jeff Capel will be an assistant this year at Duke, his alma mater.