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OU football notebook: Wide receiver competition is wide open

Receivers coach Jay Norvell says the Sooners may have up to seven receivers on the traveling squad.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: August 18, 2010 at 9:26 am •  Published: August 17, 2010

Oklahoma wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said the Sooners probably will travel five or six, maybe seven receivers on road trips. Norvell said it's too early to eliminate any of 10 candidates, including five incoming freshmen.

"Last year we had some guys start by default," Norvell said. "To start is something you earn by consistent play and playing at a high level. We have competition we did not have last year. Guys that were playing last year are finding out there's a lot more competition."

Preseason All-American Ryan Broyles is locked in as the starting slot receiver but will be moved around, playing all three receiver spots. Dejuan Miller and freshman Kenny Stills are the leading candidates for the other two starting spots.

Jaz Reynolds, Cameron Kenney and Brandon Caleb all recorded 13 or more receptions last season. Stills and four other freshmen (Justin McCay, Trey Franks, Joe Powell and Sheldon McClain) are in the mix.

Open competition

Declining to single out players from Saturday's scrimmage, defensive coordinator Brent Venables said competition for several starting and reserve spots will continue, although a few veterans have solidified spots.

"It's a process," Venables said. "We have time to let guys show they're more consistent than the next guy. At key opportunistic times, that's when they have to show up. You don't want to judge on one day, one drill or one scrimmage. You compile it all and at the end of fall camp figure it out."

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