NORMAN — Jaz Reynolds couldn't definitively say if he's been fully reinstated.
“You'll have to check in with coach,” said the senior-to-be Oklahoma receiver.
“I don't worry about it. I'm completely not worried about next season. I'm pretty sure I'll be out there like normal.”
Thursday evening, Reynolds and defensive backs Quentin Hayes and Trey Franks represented the football team at Jefferson Elementary School, which hosted a Sooner Jr. event promoting fitness, academics, nutrition and sportsmanship.
Just another step in the right direction for the trio, all of whom were indefinitely suspended last May for unspecified team rules violations and missed the 2012 season.
“It's a good reflecting moment,” Reynolds said. “You've gotta get yourself together and everything.
“I never lost sense of being on the team. This definitely helps.”
Reynolds, Hayes and Franks were three of the 20-plus Oklahoma student-athletes and coaches who volunteered at Thursday's event, which included representatives from the OU baseball, volleyball, rowing and men's basketball teams.
Just after spring football practices ended last year, all three were suspended — along with receiver Kameel Jackson, who was ultimately dismissed entirely — leaving the Sooner receiving corps in what appeared at the time to be critical condition.
Reynolds was OU's third-leading receiver as a sophomore, grabbing 41 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns. The same year, Franks was OU's top kick returner, while also catching 22 passes for 196 yards.
Franks and Hayes, a sophomore, each redshirted during their suspensions, and Franks was switched to defense; Reynolds' redshirt season came in 2010, but only after he was suspended for tweeting insensitive comments regarding a gunman at the University of Texas during OU/Texas week.
The apparent crisis at wide receiver was abated, though, when senior Justin Brown and junior Jalen Saunders transferred from Penn State and Fresno State, respectively, and became two of quarterback Landry Jones' top targets.
“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.”