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OU football notebook: Bob Stoops laments not offering Justin Blackmon a scholarship

None of the three wide receivers OU signed in 2008 will be on the field Saturday at OSU.
By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, Modified: November 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm •  Published: November 23, 2010

This week's edition of Bedlam will pit the nation's two best receivers against one another in Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles.

Both players were raised in Oklahoma, Broyles in Norman, Blackmon in Ardmore.

But only Broyles received a scholarship offer from the Sooners, something coach Bob Stoops lamented Tuesday during his weekly news conference.

“I'm still mad a coach (Kevin) Sumlin, our receiver coach at the time, for not going with him,” Stoops said half-jokingly. “But ultimately, too, you say it's my fault. I put too much trust in his opinion.”

Sumlin is now the head coach at Houston. Ironically, Sumlin's first offensive coordinator, Dana Holgorsen, is now the offensive coordinator at OSU.

Just a redshirt sophomore, Blackmon enters Bedlam leading the nation with 1,560 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns, while not one of the three wideouts OU did sign in that 2008 recruiting class will be on the field Saturday.

Josh Jarboe was booted off the team before his first practice after a YouTube video surfaced of him rapping about shooting people, just a few months after being slapped with a gun charge.

Jameel Owens transferred to Tulsa before his sophomore season.

And Dejuan Miller, who was beginning to come on this year, suffered a season-ending knee injury the week of the Missouri game.


Due to inexperience along with injuries, OU's defensive line has had its problems.

But Saturday at Baylor, spearheaded by several lineup changes, the unit had arguably its best performance of the season.

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