Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is known for his tough approach when it comes to discipline, but he has also allowed several players throughout the years a second — or sometimes, third or fourth — chance after they get into trouble.
Here’s a look at five notable Sooners who made good on their extra opportunities:
Broyles, a former Norman High standout, was arrested and charged with attempted larceny just before his freshman season began in 2007. He redshirted that season, but became arguably the greatest receiver in OU football history, setting the NCAA record for career receptions. He now plays for the Detroit Lions.
Dvoracek was a first-team All-Big 12 defensive tackle in 2003, but was dismissed from the Sooners early in the 2004 season after an alcohol-related altercation that ended with his friend in intensive care. Stoops allowed Dvoracek to return in 2005, though, after the NCAA granted him a hardship waiver because of his alcohol addiction. Dvoracek earned All-Big 12 honors in 2005, then went on to play for the Chicago Bears. He now hosts “The Rush,” a sports radio talk show on KREF in Norman with former teammate Teddy Lehman, and works as a sideline reporter during OU football radio broadcasts.
Fleming started all 13 games as a junior in 2010, intercepting five passes, before missing all of the next spring because of academic misconduct. He returned to the team the next fall, though, and became a first-team All-Big 12 performer and third-round NFL Draft pick. He’s now with the Jacksonville Jaguars.