OU position grades: Receivers/tight ends 

December, 10, 2012
In the weeks leading up to the AT&T Cotton Bowl, SoonerNation will look back at how the Sooners performed position by position and give each group a grade based on that performance. Today, we look at the quarterbacks:

GradeHighlights: Never was OU’s lethal ability at receiver more on display than in Bedlam. Jalen Saunders (10 catches, 162 yards), Justin Brown (15, 146) and Kenny Stills (9, 103) became the first trio in Sooners history to have more than 100 yards receiving in the same game. Freshman Sterling Shepard had a big game, too, with six catches and 65 yards, as the unit was impossible for OSU’s beleaguered secondary to keep tabs on. Bob Stoops has had some deep receiving corps before. This one proved to be as deep as any, as the Bedlam win underscored.

Lowlights: It’s hard to find a moment in which the receivers as a whole didn’t play well. Maybe against Kansas State, although Shepard had a big night in that game. Maybe Notre Dame, except Saunders set school records in that one. But this is an opportunity to hammer the tight end position, which was a lowlight all season and the impetus for OU going to the four-wide set. Tight ends collectively have caught three passes all season. It’s no wonder that, even with a tight end tradition that includes Keith Jackson and Jermaine Gresham, top high school tight end target Beau Sandland cut the Sooners from his list of finalists.
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