Oklahoma football: Tony Jefferson, Kenny Stills leaning toward NFL Draft

Sources tell The Oklahoman that both are likely to declare for NFL Draft. One scout says neither player is ready for the pros.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 6, 2013


photo - The University of Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson, left, and Kenny Stills pose for a photo during OU's football media day in Norman, Okla., Saturday August 6, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
The University of Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson, left, and Kenny Stills pose for a photo during OU's football media day in Norman, Okla., Saturday August 6, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

The free safety was voted a second-team All-American this season by The Associated Press, but he played one of his worst games Friday in Oklahoma's 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M.

Stills was Oklahoma's leading receiver as a junior, catching 82 passes for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns. In the Sooners' 41-13 loss Friday to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, he caught seven passes for 67 yards, dropping a touchdown pass.

Stills caught 204 career passes over his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, good for third all-time at Oklahoma. He's also just the fourth player in school history with at least 200 career receptions.

He's played with the same quarterback, Landry Jones, all three years; if he returned for his senior season, Stills' receptions would come via a new quarterback — likely junior-to-be Blake Bell — and there's no guarantee it would be an easy transition, particularly over the first stretch of games.

Stills' father, Ken Stills, played safety in the NFL for six seasons.

Both Jefferson and Stills received grades from the NFL Draft Advisory Board; Jefferson declined to disclose his grade, and Stills said he was told he'd go “anywhere in the first four rounds.”

Two of their fellow juniors, fullback Trey Millard and cornerback Aaron Colvin, also received advisory board grades; Millard said after the Cotton Bowl that he'd return for another college season, and Colvin continues to weigh his decision.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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