Saunders adds another threat to the Sooners’ strong receiving corps. Junior Kenny Stills has been quarterback Landry Jones’ top target, senior Justin Brown seems to have gotten more acclimated to OU’s offense since transferring from Penn State and true freshman Sterling Shepard has played well early in his career.
“I think now that we’re gaining more confidence with some of these other guys and doing the right things, it allows them to play harder and rotate out and rotate in and I think it will, I just believe it will help,” Stoops said of his receivers.
Saunders was a big-play machine as a sophomore for the Bulldogs in 2011; half of his 12 touchdown receptions went for 50 or more yards. His per-catch average of 21.4 yards was the second-highest in the country.
He’s also got the skills to be a special teams contributor in the return game. Though he didn’t return any kicks or punts as a sophomore, he averaged 11.5 yards on punt returns and 23.2 yards per kick returns during his true freshman season in 2010.