“It's always good to see new guys come in and ball,” Reynolds said. “I'm a team player. I'm not selfish at all. Seeing them go out there and play; it's pretty humbling.”
With Brown and leading receiver Kenny Stills now gone, Reynolds could re-emerge as a senior in 2013.
“Jaz has to keep pushing and plugging and sawing wood,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “He'll get his chance to get back out there.”
Reynolds said the hardest part of his season-long suspension was “not being able to get back in my element,” but that he always felt supported.
“I never lost sense of being on the team,” he said.
Asked for his thoughts on the Sooners' 2012 season, which included a 10-3 record and shared Big 12 championship, Reynolds said, “Ten wins is nice, but being around here, you've gotta get 13 in order for it to be remembered.”
Thursday, though, Reynolds, Hayes and Franks enjoyed playing with the youngsters at Jefferson Elementary and giving back to the Norman community.
“We're all kinda kids inside,” Reynolds said with a laugh, adding that such events aren't common where he grew up in Houston.
“Back in my community, the guys didn't really give back like this. It's a new experience for me, actually being older and being able to come to an elementary school with kids who look up to us.”