Stills balances business, fun for No. 5 Oklahoma

Associated Press Modified: September 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — When All-American Ryan Broyles moved on to the NFL after catching the most passes in college football history, No. 5 Oklahoma turned to Kenny Stills to become the leader among the team's receivers.

Through two games, he has been up to the task.

Stills ranks eighth in the nation so far with 120.5 yards receiving per game, putting together back-to-back 100-yard games for only the second time in his career. He caught 10 passes for 120 yards in a 69-13 win against Florida A&M on Saturday night, hauling in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones for his second score of the season.

But more than just production, Stills is being called upon to provide veteran guidance to group of receivers lacking experience. Through most of the offseason, he was the only Sooners receiver who had caught a pass in a college game and wasn't suspended.

That changed when Justin Brown transferred from Penn State after training camp started, but Stills was still the only one who knew the ropes at Oklahoma as the Sooners tried to break in freshmen Trey Metoyer, Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal.

"I'm definitely trying to change my attitude, not in the fun side of me but just kind of knowing when to focus, when to shut everybody else out and to just go out there and take care of business," Stills said. "And it's been working for me."

Stills wears his black hair in a mohawk, with a bright blonde streak dyed into it. He's a self-described free spirit who loves all kinds of music and speaks his mind — even when it has gotten him into trouble, like when he stirred up controversy last offseason by criticizing Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon on Twitter.

He was also suspended for last year's season opener after his arrest on a DUI complaint.

Those days seem to be behind him now.

"Definitely, Kenny's been much more businesslike in everything that he's doing and is accepting more of a leadership position and is really working hard," coach Bob Stoops said.

Before the season, receivers coach Jay Norvell called on Stills to be more mature and play consistently great, not up and down.

Stills had a chance to shine late last season after Broyles was lost to a season-ending knee injury, but at that time he wasn't ready to step up and be the team's new No. 1 receiver.

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