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.
Reynolds made lots of mistakes throughout his OU career, but Stoops continued to give him extra chances, and the wide receiver ended up making the most of his final opportunity.
During his true freshman season, he tweeted insensitive comments about a gunman on the University of Texas campus and redshirted that year. He served a one-game suspension for violating team rules as a sophomore in 2011, and was removed from scholarship in May 2012 when he violated team rules and was suspended indefinitely. He was reinstated, but didn’t play at all as a junior. His senior year, he caught 14 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown and was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent.
Hayes was suspended along with Reynolds in May 2012 for violating unspecified team rules. He sat out the entire 2012 season, but returned as a junior and started all 13 of the Sooners’ games at strong safety last season, recording 75 tackles and two interceptions. He enters his senior year as a veteran, seasoned leader in a pretty inexperienced secondary.