Oklahoma football: Kenny Stills did not expect this kind of start to the season

The wide receiver has become Landry Jones' favorite target so far. Stills had 10 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Florida A&M.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 9, 2012

NORMAN — Through two games, one thing has shown itself capable of halting junior Kenny Stills' remarkable start to the 2012 football season.

And the brick wall in the north end zone at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium provided Florida A&M defenders with just a temporary reprieve Saturday.

Stills caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in OU's 69-13 rout of the Rattlers, building on his strong performance in last week's season opener at UTEP.

The junior gave OU's initially stagnant offense a spark on its second possession, when Stills went deep across the middle, left his feet and snagged a one-handed catch for 23 yards while sustaining a helmet-to-helmet blow. The highlight-reel grab set up OU's first touchdown.

“Not at all,” Stills said when asked if he expected this kind of two-game start to the season.

“I wish and hope, and we practice to have big games ... I never see myself playing the way I have been. I'm excited and happy, but I've got to continue to work.”

In the season opener, Stills was about the only wide receiver who seemed on the same page with quarterback Landry Jones. That wasn't particularly surprising; every other active receiver on the Sooners' roster was new to the team. Freshman Trey Metoyer said timing was a little off that night.

Although more OU wideouts did seem comfortable with Jones on Saturday, it's fairly obvious Stills is his favorite target.

Thirteen — nearly half — of Jones' 28 pass attempts against FAMU were intended for Stills; 10 were caught, one was dropped in the end zone on what would've been a 40-yard score, one was intercepted and the last incompletion meant for Stills was overthrown and sent him into the bricks.


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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