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Sooners are looking for receiving help

By John Helsley Published: August 12, 2008
NORMAN – With Juaquin Iglesias and Manny Johnson back after their most productive seasons as Sooners, Oklahoma seems set at wide receiver.

And yet, the search is on for help.

Who is OU's deep threat? Who will fill the slot?

Might the answer be the same — the buzz-worthy Ryan Broyles — for both?

And who's next in line, whether it's to fill any four-wide sets the Sooners might trot out or projecting who takes over for Iglesias and Johnson, both seniors?

Answering those questions ranks among the main offensive focuses this preseason.

Possibilities are plentiful, with veterans and newcomers providing talent and potential. Sorting through the depth and deciding who's ready to produce has created one of the more competitive position battles of OU's August.

"Competition is the coach's greatest ally,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.

Iglesias and Johnson must be considered among the Big 12's best receiver duos. Despite the presence of second-round draft pick Malcolm Kelly, each posted career highs for receiving yards and touchdowns, with Iglesias leading the team in catches and yards.

Still, there are receiving roles available.

Last year, including tight ends, five different receivers caught at least 23 passes from Sam Bradford.

"Our quarterback has the ability to go to different guys, and there are ample guys that can get the ball,” Wilson said.

The Sooners likely need somebody to go get the ball — – deep.

Kelly was the long-ball threat the past two years, with Iglesias and Johnson seen more as possession-type receivers.

Broyles brings speed, seen in one recent practice when he hauled in an 80-yard pass down the middle out of the slot.

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Returning wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias will need some help this season from a stable of young talent. by BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN


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