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OU Football: Why Jaz Reynolds is finally making use of his extra-large hands

COMMENTARY — What will Oklahoma do without Ryan Broyles? Part of the answer lies in the super-sized hands of receiver Jaz Reynolds.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 18, 2011

NORMAN — Look at the outline of Jaz Reynolds' hand, and it seems fake. The gigantic palm. The long fingers. The nine-plus inches from wrist to middle fingertip.

Surely his hands aren't that big.

But they are.

The Oklahoma receiver who has become the Sooners' No. 2 pass-game option after the season-ending injury to Ryan Broyles is No. 1 in the big-hands department. No wonder he makes all those crazy one-handed catches. He has mitts like a major-league first baseman.

“It runs in the family,” Reynolds said, shrugging.

The guy wears receiver gloves that are size 3X. No other Sooner receiver wears anything bigger than 2X.

Still, big hands do not a good receiver make.

“Ryan has small hands, but he still can catch obviously,” Reynolds said of the NCAA's career receptions leader. “It helps, but at the end of the day, it's not really a big deal.”

Reynolds has emerged this season not because of hands that are only a couple inches smaller than Shaquille O'Neal's. (Remember, the Big Aristotle is nearly a foot taller than Reynolds.) Rather, it's his increased consistency. Reynolds didn't have a catch in the Sooners' first two games. Heck, he didn't even play at Florida State. But in the seven games since, he has averaged 4.6 catches and 82.6 yards receiving per game.

His most impressive stat is his yards per catch: 18.1.

“Jaz as a player and as a person, he's just really progressed throughout the season,” senior receiver Dejuan Miller said. ”Whenever any player gets confidence as they build throughout the season … you start to develop more of a swagger. When you go out there, you really think you can make every play.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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