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OU's Ryan Broyles will return in 2011

All-American wideout Ryan Broyles will be back at OU in 2011, Sooner wide receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said this evening. Broyles, who was considering leaving early for the NFL Draft, caught a school-record 131 passes for 1,622 yards this past season.
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: January 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm •  Published: January 6, 2011

NORMAN -- The most prolific receiver in Sooner history is coming back for one more season. And Oklahoma is officially loaded for 2011.

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.”

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