METAIRIE, La. — Oklahoma senior receiver Jaz Reynolds’ career comes full circle Thursday night, when the Sooners meet Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Reynolds spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon, and said the fact that he’s even with the team this week is “a blessing.”
“I honestly think that I shouldn’t even be here anymore, just because of all the things I put Coach (Bob) Stoops through and put the program through,” Reynolds said. “I’m blessed to be here and have one more season and to finish it out against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and go out with a win.”
Reynolds was redshirted in 2010 after he tweeted insensitive comments regarding a gunman on the University of Texas campus during OU/Texas week.
In 2011, Reynolds was OU’s third-leading receiver, catching 41 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns, but just after spring football in 2012, he was suspended indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules.
Reynolds, Trey Franks and Quentin Hayes all sat out the entire 2012 season.
“Everyday I just woke up, went to practices, workouts,” Reynolds said. “If I’m a little tired, I could look back and see that I really could be at home with my mom right now. It’s a blessing to be out there with my friends and teammates.”
This season, Reynolds has appeared in 11 games with four starts, and caught 12 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown.