NORMAN — Jaz Reynolds has been anxious to play a key role for the Sooners. Saturday night he finally got his opportunity.
After sitting out last season after he made insensitive Twitter comments, Reynolds had the best game of his career in Oklahoma's 38-28 win over Missouri.
With Kenny Stills sitting out with concussion-like symptoms, and Trey Franks serving an indefinite suspension for violating team rules, Reynolds made his first career start.
The Houston product responded with five catches for 93 yards.
“It was more of a relief,” Reynolds said. “I've been ready for it, been preparing. I've been helping Kenny and Ryan prepare for games. This week was my time to get prepared... I am so happy right now.”
Reynolds didn't know until Thursday night he would get this much playing time. Franks was suspended on Tuesday. Stills suffered his injury in the second half last week at Florida State but it wasn't believed to be serious.
“He just had some symptoms show up late in the week,” said coach Bob Stoops. “Doctors didn't feel he should go. We didn't really find that out until Thursday night. It was on that sliding catch he took a forearm to the head. He was fine during the game. He just had a few symptoms during the week.”
Reynolds played well in the spring and the fall but he was the Sooners' No. 5 receiver. With Stills and Franks unavailable he instantly became a starter.
“Jaz has been anxious to get back out there,” said star receiver Ryan Broyles. “He was in the rotation last week but didn't get to play much. Kenny had to sit out this game and (Jaz) was ready. He was like, ‘I'm coming after you.' It shows how much he really wanted it.”
Reynolds' highlight-reel play was a 39-yard catch midway through the second quarter on third-and-seven deep in Sooner territory.
“That was a big momentum switch,” Stoops said. “He catches a go-route on third down. He did a nice job beating his guy, holding the outside edge to give himself room to catch it. And Landry (Jones) threw a great ball.”