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OU football's Norvell knows Nebraska

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: October 30, 2008 at 9:37 am •  Published: October 30, 2008
NORMAN — The last time Jay Norvell coached in an Oklahoma-Nebraska game, he wore a lighter tint of red.

Saturday night, the ex-Nebraska offensive coordinator will become one of the few to have coached from the scarlet and crimson sides of the rivalry.

"It’s neat to see both sides,” said Norvell, now OU’s wide receivers coach. "Both have had great teams and great players. I know from being up there, there’s huge respect for Oklahoma.

"I see the same thing down here for Nebraska.”

Norvell was the Cornhuskers’ offensive coordinator from 2004-06. His unit didn’t fare well in three meetings against the Sooners, scoring 3, 24 and 7 points, all in losses.

"This game is really important to people in Nebraska,” Norvell said. "They remember the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. I think when coach (Barry) Switzer was here with all the perimeter speed, the way Nebraska won it was by being tough and running straight ahead.

"I they’re going to rely on that same attitude. Discipline and toughness.”

Norvell has emphasized that same credo of discipline and toughness to OU’s receivers. And so far, the message has been heard.

No group as a collective unit has outperformed the Sooner wide receivers this season.

Juaquin Iglesias (44 catches, 746 yards, 5 TDs), Manny Johnson (33, 574, 8) and Ryan Broyles (24, 370, 4) make up one of the finest receiving units in the Big 12.


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