OU football: Receiver Ryan Broyles has worked his way to the NFL Draft

by Michael Baldwin Published: April 23, 2012

His production during his four seasons with the Sooners should also carry some clout with NFL executives.

Broyles set OU receiving records so high some records could stand for years.

* 349 catches (all-time NCAA record)

* 4,586 receiving yards (second most in NCAA history)

* 45 touchdown passes

* 11.1 career punt return average which makes him more attractive. Possibly filling a dual role is highly valued. NFL teams are limited to suiting up only 46 players on Sundays.

“He's super intelligent,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, Broyles' position coach his entire career. “That's a quality people don't understand how important it is for a receiver.

“There are a lot of moving parts. The great receivers have that intellect. And his attitude is great. That's part of the whole package that you get. It's not just running fast and having great hands and body control. He has all that, plus the intelligence which is special.”

If Broyles is given a vital role the next three or four years, he might challenge Mark Clayton for most productive former OU receiver in the NFL during the Bob Stoops era.

Clayton (260 catches, 3,448 yards, 14 TDs) far outdistances other ex-OU candidates.

Mark Bradley and Malcolm Kelly were second-round picks but neither has reached 100 career receptions. Given an opportunity Broyles could reach the century mark his second or third season.

Brandon Jones, a third-round pick, is the only other ex-Sooner the past dozen years to surpass 100 catches (see chart).

Broyles' strengths are a high football IQ, superb route running, ability to find seams in a zone defense and his competitiveness.

His thirst for constant improvement was evident when he spent hours picking legendary wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff's brain at the ESPN national awards show a year ago.

His willingness to put in the hard work was evident when he ran a 4.57 earlier than expected.

Broyles is a good example of a young man who learned from his mistake. His OU legacy will last for decades.

“He's not quite 100 percent but he's worked so hard to get himself to this point,” Norvell said. “He's like family. I'm so happy for him. There's no question he has all the skills it takes to be a fine receiver at the next level.”


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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OU TO NFL

Career NFL statistics and round drafted of Oklahoma wide receivers in the Bob Stoops era.

Player (round drafted) -- Rec. -- Yards -- TDs

Mark Clayton (1) -- 260 -- 3,448 -- 14

Brandon Jones (3) -- 113 -- 1,398 -- 9

Mark Bradley (2) -- 92 -- 1,283 -- 9

Malcolm Kelly (2) -- 28 -- 365 -- 0

Manuel Johnson (7) -- 1 -- 6 -- 0

Juaquin Iglesias (3) -- 0 -- 0 -- 0

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