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Who will be catching the ball in 2009?

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: June 19, 2009

Anyone who has dismissed or failed to watch the College World Series has missed out on some great baseball.

I have always enjoyed college baseball and in Oklahoma, but I wonder if I’m in the minority, or if the sport is underrated and undercovered.

The Texas-Southern Miss game, where the USM pitcher walked in the winning run in a game that went back and forth in the latter innings, kicked it off.

Then, the Arkansas-UVA game, where UVA put runners in scoring position in the 9th, 10th and 11th innings but couldn’t score and Arkansas pulled it out in the end, was even better.

Arkansas is currently taking on LSU for a right to advance to the title game, likely against Texas (The Hogs have to beat LSU twice).

As for OU, while disappointing, those two blowout losses to Arkansas in the Norman Regional don’t look so bad now.

** Listening to the radio yesterday, there was a small discussion about how many passes Jameel Owens would catch this season. Which got me thinking: what will OU’s reception breakdown look like next season, considering the Sooners lost 3 of the their 5 top receivers.

Last year, it went like this (not including running backs):
Iglesias 74
Gresham 66
Manny 42
Broyles 46
Chaney 29
Tennell 9
Owens 4
Caleb 4
Eldridge 4
Miller 2
K. Smith 1
Hanna 1

This is a guess of how the distribution will go in 2009:

Gresham 71
JG will still be blocking some

Broyles 61
Fills the role Manny/Iglesias held

Kenney 42
Becomes Sam’s possession receiver

Madu 33
Builds off 2008 breakout year in the slot

Tennell 23
This year’s Q. Chaney

Caleb 23
Playing time increases a lot

Owens 17
Makes some plays, but a year away from being “the guy”

Miller 11
See Owens

Other tight ends 8
Hanna, Ratterree, Mensik

Eldridge 6
Hopefully is healthier this year, but still will rarely go out for passes

As for the backs, I say Murray has 40 catches, and Brown adds 15. Roughly, that totals up to as many completions (350) OU had in 2008.

** Video of the day
The King is still the king

** Trivia question of the day: Who comprised the middle infield of OU’s 1994 baseball national championship team? Congrats to Vanessa for answering the last question correctly.

By Jake Trotter

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