OU football notebook: Deep receiving corps competing for playing time

by Jason Kersey Published: April 6, 2012

Oklahoma is returning four wide receivers with starts — Kenny Stills, Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson. With the addition of promising freshman Trey Metoyer, the Sooners' wideouts are competing for playing time.

“Competition is the best motivator you have,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “That's Oklahoma.”

And this is even before four more freshmen receivers — Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard, Derrick Woods and Courtney Gardner — are added to the mix in August.

Norvell said he's reminded of the stories he hears from coach Barry Switzer's days, when OU had several talented running backs competing for carries.

“I think we've tried to create that environment where we have a lot of guys that can make plays and push each other,” Norvell said. “I think guys get excited when they see somebody that has ability like that. I think they can push each other, they compete against each other, but they compete with each other.

“The most important thing our guys realize is that we don't play ourselves; we play a pretty good schedule and we need all the guys we can get.”

STOOPS ENCOURAGED BY WHALEY'S PROGRESS

Senior running back Dominique Whaley is still working his way back from a broken ankle suffered midway through last season, but coach Bob Stoops said he's encouraged by Whaley's progress.

“I don't know how to quantify it, but he continues to improve,” Stoops said.

Whaley's emergence as the Sooners' primary ball carrier last season was one of the stories of the year. He was a backup at Langston as a freshman.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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