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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

NORMAN — Oklahoma's All-American wide receiver Ryan Broyles sometimes gets a little claustrophobic.

When the Sooners huddle, which is rare in their hurry-up scheme, Broyles keeps his distance from teammates.

Where it really shows is when the Sooners meet in a large group at the end of practice, more than 100 bodies huddled together to hear coach Bob Stoops' speech.

“It's guys touching me when everyone is sweaty and they have their pads on,” Broyles said. “Bigger guys really don't see us and kind of step on us.”

Broyles' fear isn't tight spaces like elevators. It's more of a football thing when teammates stand really close.

“I've got to breathe,” Broyles said. “I'm so small. Everybody else is bigger. And they're sweaty. I'm not cool with that touching.”

Maybe Broyles' slight fear of getting too close to muscular, sweaty football players explains how the hometown star already owns 10 school receiving records.

“Maybe,” Broyles said, laughing, leaning back. “Don't touch me.”

If his senior season is anything like last season, no player at OU will ever touch Broyles' receiving records.

Broyles, 5-foot-10, routinely compiled double-digit reception games last season.

A consensus All-American, a Biletnikoff finalist, Broyles set single-season school records for receptions (131) and receiving yards (1,622). He set the single game record with 15 catches.

“He's the most competitive wide receiver I've ever been around,” Stoops said. “He wanted to come back and have another great year and help us towards a championship.”

Broyles contemplated turning pro.

“I wouldn't say I strongly considered it, but I considered it,” Broyles said. “It didn't feel right for me. My gut said that's not what I was supposed to do. I followed my gut to come to OU, and felt I made a pretty good decision then.”

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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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