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OU's Ryan Broyles now on the spot, ready to take lead

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: April 10, 2009 at 12:25 am •  Published: April 10, 2009


Playing on the outside will give Broyles more opportunities downfield in single coverage, which he is sure to see often next season with defenses likely to concentrate on stuffing OU’s running backs and containing tight end Jermaine Gresham.

"He played pretty much all in the slot last year and right now he’s playing almost all outside. He’s kind of having to adjust,” Bradford said. "But I think he’s doing a great job.

"Not a lot of people realize the speed he has. He might not be big, but I think he gives us a great down-the-field threat with the speed he has.”

Said Broyles, "I just want to get on the field, whether it’s on the outside or the inside. It’s just about getting more experience right now, learning the plays, learning the little things, just like I had to do out of the slot. You have to be consistent and you have to produce more than if you’re in the slot.

"But it’s always one-on-one, most of the time, definitely an opportunity for big plays.”

But while picking up the subtleties of playing wideout has been his top goal, Broyles believes improving his leadership skills could have the biggest impact next season for a receiving unit with little experience.

And so far, his younger teammates have noticed that change in Broyles’ attitude.

"Last year, Ryan was just trying to get his feet wet and show what he could do,” said second-year receiver Jameel Owens. "Now, everybody knows that he is Ryan Broyles, and he’s the guy we’re all looking to.”

OU Spring Game
→When: 1:15 p.m. Saturday

→Where: Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman

→Tickets: $10 at the OU ticket office

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