Consensus All-American Ryan Broyles announced Thursday evening that he will return to OU for his senior year — one day after linebacker Travis Lewis revealed he's doing the same.
“He's (Broyles) a great football player and leader,” coach Bob Stoops said in a statement released by the university. “You just shake your head at some of the things he can do and yet he impacts our team equally in the way he handles himself in other aspects of our program. His return obviously strengthens us in many ways.”
The Biletnikoff Award finalist caught a school-record 131 passes for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns this past season.
With another year, Broyles could make a major assault on the NCAA record books.
He is 50 catches away from breaking the NCAA career receptions record set by Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield.
With 1,576 more yards, Broyles would also set the NCAA career receiving yards record.
“I want to win more championships and break every record possible as a receiver,” Broyles said, also in a statement. “I want to finish my degree. That's very important to me.”
Broyles' return solidifies OU as legit national championship contenders next season.
Including Broyles, the Sooners will have eight starters back on an offense that averaged 37. 2 points per game and ranked third nationally in passing heading into the bowl season.
With Broyles on board, the Sooners should only be stronger through the air next season.
Quarterback Landry Jones, who threw for 38 touchdowns and 4,718 yards this past season, is back and might have the nation's top receiving corps at his disposal in 2011.
Flanking Broyles will be Kenny Stills, who set Sooner freshman records with 61 catches and 786 receiving yards.
OU will also welcome in Trey Metoyer, rated the No. 2 receiver prospect in the country by Rivals.com.
"We've got a chance to have a very good team next season,” Broyles said, “and I really want to be part of that."