What life without Saunders could mean 

December, 4, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Going into the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners lost Reggie Smith. Then Lendy Holmes. And finally DeMarcus Granger. By the time the bowl game finally came around, the complexion of the Oklahoma defense had completely changed, and West Virginia waxed the Sooners, 48-28.

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Rick Yeatts/Getty ImagesTransfer wideout Jalen Saunders caught 53 passes in just eight games for the Sooners this season.
As the Sooners get ready to take on Texas A&M in the sold-out AT&T Cotton Bowl, the complexion of their offense might have suffered a blow bigger than the one to the ’07 defense. This weekend, star slot receiver Jalen Saunders was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. In all likelihood, Saunders will be suspended for the Cotton Bowl.

Not until Saunders was cleared for Texas week did the OU offense begin to realize its vast potential. The Sooners had struggled to find their identity through the first month of the season, which included the 24-19 loss to Kansas State. Once Saunders was cleared, the Sooners opted to go with a four-wide attack with Saunders in the slot and Kenny Stills on the outside, and the offense immediately took off.
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