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Sooners receiver Ryan Broyles bulking up

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: March 31, 2011

NORMAN — Wide receiver Ryan Broyles has steadily been adding weight to what three years ago was a skinny frame. Last season, he played at 185 pounds. This winter, Broyles got all the way up to 195, but expects to play at his target weight of 192 during the season. Broyles said adding weight will only help him bounce off tacklers and stay healthy.

“I can tell the difference,” he said. “When I get into contact, I don’t notice it as much.”

WILLIAMS SHINES

OU freshman tailback Brandon Williams caught coach Bob Stoops' eye Thursday in practice.

“Brandon Williams had a huge day,” Stoops said. “Hard-playing guy. He's got a ton of energy. He's been very impressive.”

NOBLE BACK AND FEELING GOOD

Sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Noble is feeling back to normal after returning from a concussion that ended the second half of his freshman season.

Noble was beginning to surge following a banner performance in a win over Texas. But the following week, he was chasing Iowa State’s quarterback when an offensive lineman wheeled around and popped him in the head. Noble was diagnosed with a concussion. Noble thought he’d be back soon. But the concussion kept lingering.

“There were some bad days,” he said. “Headaches and fatigue. Just a bad place for me.”

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