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Sooners' Ryan Broyles can't be touched

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: August 16, 2011 at 9:01 am •  Published: August 15, 2011

/articleid/3594830/1/pictures/1488005">Photo - Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles has set several receiving records during his career in Norman. AP PHOTO
Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles has set several receiving records during his career in Norman. AP PHOTO

That decision caused quite a stir in Oklahoma.

Broyles originally committed to Oklahoma State, switched to OU, re-committed to OSU the day before signing day, then flip-flopped back to the Sooners on signing day.

He's prospered at OU. Broyles could compile such gaudy stats, it will be difficult for anyone to duplicate his four-year career.

It's conceivable Broyles could finish his career with 400 receptions, 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.

“I feel if I put up those type numbers they will never be broken,” said Broyles, a former Norman High star. “That means a lot to me. I want to be able to come here and show my kids the stats.

“That's not what you're looking for. The No. 1 goal is to win a national championship. But it shows I was determined to compete at a high level.”

Stoops said Broyles made a wise decision to return for his senior year. Stoops' advice is players should return unless their draft stock is about as high as it can get.

Broyles, though, is taking a risk, turning down an opportunity to make a hefty down payment on a nice house.

“If he gets a little stronger and a little more polished, he can improve and buy a bigger house when he gets to the NFL,” Stoops said. “Sometimes it's just not the right time. He can improve and be more prepared for it when it is the right time.”

Some day after his NFL career is over, Broyles will be invited back to Norman to be honored before a home game. The public address announcer will inform the crowd Broyles is the Sooners' all-time leading receiver. Dignitaries will be on hand.

Someone needs to warn those school officials not to stand too close.

Ryan Broyles OU receiving records

Catches in a game (15)

Catches in a season (131)

Catches in a career (266)

Receiving yards in a game (208)

Receiving yards in a season (1,622)

Receiving yards in a career (3,429)

Touchdown catches in a season (15)

Touchdown catches in a career (35)


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