NORMAN — Oklahoma got one boost last week with the return of quarterback Sam Bradford. Heading into their biggest game of the season, the Sooners might get another.
Just nine days after suffering a slightly fractured shoulder blade at Miami, slot receiver Ryan Broyles returned to practice Monday. And even though the initial diagnosis was Broyles would be out up to a month, coach Bob Stoops admitted Monday evening that OU’s top playmaker could return Saturday against third-ranked Texas. "There’s a chance he could play,” Stoops said. "We’ll have to wait and see as we go through the week.” Stoops and his players were mum about how much Broyles was able to do in practice. But if Broyles plays this weekend, it would arm Bradford with one of the top playmakers in college football. "Ryan is that guy,” said wide receiver Cameron Kenney. "Him being able to come out on the field would be a blessing.” Despite missing two games, Broyles is still tied for the national lead with seven touchdown receptions. He also has team highs of 23 catches and 346 receiving yards. "It would mean a lot to get him back,” said Mossis Madu, Broyles’ backup in the slot and his former teammate at Norman High School.