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The best Bob Stoops-era Oklahoma football players: No. 4 Ryan Broyles (2007-11)

by Ryan Aber Modified: July 26, 2013 at 11:20 am •  Published: July 26, 2013

NORMAN—As Bob Stoops enters his 15th season as Oklahoma’s head football coach this fall, Jason Kersey and myself look back at the top 15 OU football players during Stoops’ tenure. The list continues with No. 4, wide receiver Ryan Broyles.

Jersey No.: 85
Position: Wide Receiver
Years played: 2007-11
Hometown: Norman
Big 12 championships: 3
National championships: 0
Individual awards won: 2010-11 Consensus All-American
Notable: Broyles finished his career with 349 receptions for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns, all Oklahoma records. … His receptions total is an FBS record, his yardage total is second and his receiving touchdowns fourth in FBS history. … In 2010, Broyles had 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns on 131 catches. … He has three of the top five receiving seasons and the top two receiving games in Sooners’ history. … His senior season ended with a torn ACL against Texas A&M in 2011. … Originally committed to Oklahoma State before switching to the Sooners on signing day. … Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2012 draft. … Had 22 catches for 310 yards as a rookie.

Oklahoma 38, Missouri 28
When: Sept. 24, 2011
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Broyles’ Day: Things seemed to be lining up for an upset as the Sooners opened Big 12 play without two of Broyles’ most reliable sidekicks–Kenny Stills and Trey Franks. OU then fell behind 14-3 early, the first time the Sooners had trailed at home since 2007. But Broyles and Landry Jones helped bring Oklahoma back, connecting 13 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Sooners undefeated. He kicked off the OU rally with a 24-yard touchdown reception on a throw that initially went through his hands, bounced off each leg then back up into his arms for the score.

Oklahoma 43, Colorado 10
When: Oct. 30, 2010
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Broyles’ Day: After missing practice time during the week with a pair of sore ankles, Broyles set a school record with 208 yards receiving on nine catches. He broke the record a year later against Kansas. Against Colorado, Broyles hauled in three touchdowns, including two from the other side of the field. After scoring from 16 yards out early in the second quarter for the Sooners’ first touchdown, Broyles had touchdown catches of 81 and 64 yards to set the record. It was the 10th time in 11 games that Broyles topped the 100-yard receiving mark.

Oklahoma 47, Kansas 17
When: Oct. 15, 2011
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kan.
Broyles’ Day: Broyles set the NCAA career receptions record in style, hauling in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones midway through the second quarter to break the record. By the end of the day, Broyles had broken his own school record for receiving yards in a game with 217 and added another score from 43 yards out. He finished with 13 catches.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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