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OU football: All access shows another side of Ryan Broyles

by Berry Tramel Published: August 24, 2011

ESPN’s All Access show with OU football revealed a different side of Ryan Broyles. Since emerging as a superstar, Broyles has shown a pleasant, low-key personality that belies his ultra-competitive nature on the field. But in the hour-long show Tuesday night, Broyles seemed to be king of the talkers. The offense’s answer to Travis Lewis.

Now, you never know what someone really is like. When a camera shows up, some people turn the personality down, some turn it up. Some are the same. And editing could go either way. I guy could talk for three minutes total over three weeks, and all three minutes make the cut. A guy could talk for 30 minutes a day, and it all ends up in the scrap heap. So who knows?

But in the show, Broyles was all over his defensive teammates, talking smack after catches during practice.

I found that wildly interesting. Especially after our man Mike Baldwin’s interesting story from a few days ago on how Broyles doesn’t like to get close to people. http://newsok.com/sooners-ryan-broyles-cant-be-touched/article/3594830?custom_click=rss You’d think a guy who gets claustrophobic in the huddle would stay as far away as possible from anyone. But there was Broyles, jawing right in teammates’ faces.

This is not an indictment of team chemistry. This happens on most every team, any sport, any level. The competition in practice is fierce. You can’t turn off the competitive drive all week, then find it on Saturday or Sunday. It’s got to flow all week, and it manifested itself in Broyles this way. But still, it was strange, for a guy we thought was almost passive in dealing with people.

Kenny Stills, you could see. DeJuan Miller, from New Jersey. But Broyles? No. We didn’t see that side of his personality. Now we have.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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