Adron Tennell's OU career has been injury-plagued, but he was the team MVP of spring practice this year. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Even freshman Ryan Broyles, who caught 46 passes, surpassed Tennell.
"It’s hard to bounce back off an injury like that,” Norvell said. "But it could make him an even better player, having those experiences.”
Tennell says his knee is 100 percent. Iglesias was drafted by the Chicago Bears. Johnson, the Dallas Cowboys. Broyles’ presence will attract plenty of attention away from Tennell. His quarterback, Bradford, is among college football’s best.
Since last season, Tennell’s made sure he’s more than an afterthought in an Oklahoma offense oozing with star power.
In the Sooners’ spring game, he caught a touchdown and was named team MVP of spring practice. In their first open practice of the fall, fans watched Tennell catch a deep pass over cornerback Brian Jackson on the first play from scrimmage.
"When he’s full throttle, he’s pretty good,” Norvell said. "He’s got all the talent in the world.”
If he turns that talent into in-season production, Tennell won’t be doing it by chasing a number of catches, yards or touchdowns posted on paper inside his locker.
"I don’t really set goals or (anything) like that,” Tennell said. "If I set a goal and I don’t make it, I don’t want to be all upset. So, if I don’t have a goal I can go do my best.”