Sooners are looking for receiving help

By John Helsley Published: August 12, 2008
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/> Broyles brings speed, seen in one recent practice when he hauled in an 80-yard pass down the middle out of the slot. Still, at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Broyles is best suited for the slot, which despite the aforementioned big play isn't a conventional spot for deep threats.

Johnson has frequently filled the slot during his time at OU, and is getting a look outside, to his delight.

"I enjoy it a lot more because I'm not in there with the linebackers all the time fighting with them,” Johnson said.

"I get to run a few longer routes, run underneath the ball, rather than make plays with the ball in my hand. I enjoy that.”

The trend in college football is toward bigger, physical receivers. Iglesias and Johnson barely reach 6-foot, and Broyles is an inch smaller.

So there's a need, too, for a big body or two in the rotation.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham provides one easy answer – and he'll get some time in the slot – but 6-5 Quentin Chaney, 6-4 Adron Tennell and 6-2 Brandon Caleb are pushing for playing time out wide. Two true freshmen, 6-5 Dejuan Miller and 6-3 Jameel Owens, haven't been ruled out of the equation either.

"We have Q. Chaney, when he came in, like in the Fiesta Bowl, he made plays for us,” Iglesias said. "You have Ryan Broyles, who shows great flashes every day in practice. You have Brandon Caleb and Pooh Tennell.

"And the young guys, they're catching on real good. I think there's a lot of talent.”