NORMAN — Ryan Broyles compiled solid stats his redshirt freshman year when Sam Bradford was winning the Heisman Trophy. But it was when Landry Jones took over as the starting quarterback when Bradford was injured in 2009 that Broyles' career really took off.
With Jones as the starter, Broyles has compiled 220 catches for 2,742 yards and 29 touchdowns the past two seasons. This season, there is a new variable, a new offensive coordinator. Jones and Broyles are confident OU's offense will continue to compile big numbers.
You connected for 131 catches for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns. Is it realistic to think you could improve on those stats?
Jones: I think we can improve. On the road we didn't play as well on offense as we did at home. Me and Ryan see some of the mental mistakes we made on the field. There are always things to clean up in the game of football. There are always things to get better at.
Broyles: I feel there are more balls to be thrown.
But if defenses try to double team Broyles more often, more passes could be thrown to Kenny Stills and the other receivers.
Broyles: I understand that. It comes down to play calls and the way the defense runs their defense. But it's really not about numbers. It's about winning the big game this year.
Jones: Whether you run it in or throw to score, it really doesn't matter to me as along as we score and we score more than the other guys.
Will the offense look much different with Josh Heupel as the offensive coordinator?
Broyles: I don't think it will change much. We'll rotate more running backs. I felt coach Heupel called a good game against Connecticut in the bowl game. I really don't see us missing a step at all.
Jones: We'll still run the shotgun, the pistol and mix in some going under center. We're still going to do our stuff. But it might be a little different from a play-caller standpoint, just a different style.
Do you expect the play-calling to change much?
Broyles: I don't think so. His demeanor is he's one of those guys he'll rely on more people. That's how our offense has been flowing in the past. He'll go to the receivers coach and ask him how his guys are feeling and how he feels about the play calls.
Jones: The game plan will be similar. You saw it a little bit in the bowl game where coach Heupel maybe did a little more play-action passes or threw a little more in the red zone.
So you think there might be more passing in the red zone?
Broyles: Yeah. But the whole point of running the ball at the goal line is to build your moxie. You have to have a run game. That's where you really build toughness. If it doesn't work I don't think coach Heupel will have a problem throwing it.
Jones: Coach Hype might flip it around sometimes and throw it when coach (Kevin) Wilson ran it or vice versa. But it will be subtle, nothing extreme.