Bye Week Breakdown: Offensive MVP

November, 10, 2011
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With Oklahoma on a bye week, the SoonerNation staff is spending the week looking back on the Sooners' first nine games by answering 10 questions. View the archives here.

Who is Oklahoma's offensive MVP through the first nine games?

WR Ryan Broyles
Broyles was well on his way to winning the school’s first Biletnikoff Award. Instead, he’ll watch the rest of the season from the sidelines. Before suffering a torn ACL, Broyles was putting the finishing touches on a phenomenal college career. He had already broken the FBS career receptions record and was within striking distance of topping the career receiving yardage mark, too. The Sooners have a big challenge ahead moving on without their best player, who should go down as the best receiver in OU history.
- Jake Trotter

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The Sooners will be without arguably their best offensive player for the rest of the season.



WR Ryan Broyles
The senior was on the road to a Biletnikoff Award before he tore his ACL against Texas A&M. He amassed 83 receptions for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding a 10.3-yard per punt return average in nine games. He was averaging 150 all-purpose yards per game. While Broyles is out for the season, don’t think his impact on the Sooners is over. Expect him to continue to be a mentor to sophomores Kenny Stills and Trey Franks, who will be counted on to play a critical role in replacing Broyles on the field. Simply having Broyles around off the field will have an effect on OU’s receivers.
- Brandon Chatmon

OL Gabe Ikard
When center Ben Habern was injured earlier in this season, the position could have been a huge question mark. But because of Ikard, it was a footnote. He made the move from guard to center about as seamless as you can. The offensive line has only allowed four sacks this season. And despite OU almost always in the shotgun formation, snaps haven’t been a concern. Now as Habern works his way back, OU has two quality centers and also knows there is no rush to get Habern back too quickly. Ikard has it covered.
- Bob Przybylo

QB Landry Jones
The Sooners have the experience, depth and talent to replace outstanding receiver Ryan Broyles. But Oklahoma doesn't have a quarterback on its roster that can replace Jones if he goes down this year. Freshman Blake Bell and sophomore Drew Allen are talented, yes, but they haven't shown that they can step in and run the high-powered Sooners offense as efficiently as the junior Jones, who has had an outstanding season. Jones has thrown for 28 touchdowns and 3,349 yards, with only nine interceptions and is still on the fringes of Heisman Trophy contention.
- Dane Beavers

What do you think? Who is Oklahoma's offensive MVP through the team's first nine games?

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