Oklahoma's offensive MVP in 2011

January, 17, 2012
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The SoonerNation staff is wrapping up Oklahoma's 10-3 season by answering 10 questions, just like we did during the Sooners' bye week in November. Today:

Who was the Sooners' offensive MVP for the 2011 season?

[+] EnlargeRyan Broyles
Mark D. Smith/US PresswireOklahoma's Ryan Broyles caught 10 touchdown passes in 2011 despite missing four games.
WR Ryan Broyles
Broyles’ true value to the Sooners wasn’t really known until he was no longer on the field. Everyone knew that Broyles was a great player. But few could have predicted the offense’s demise without him in the lineup. Broyles, who still broke the FBS career receptions record despite missing OU’s final four games, will go down as greatest receiver in OU history. Perhaps even one of the five best players of the Stoops era.
- Jake Trotter

WR Ryan Broyles
Has there ever been a receiver who was so important to an offense? The Sooners' offensive attack crumbled when Broyles went out with his torn ACL, never finding a rhythm. Some took Broyles and his uncommon consistency and production for granted during his four seasons. Not anymore.
- Brandon Chatmon

OL Gabe Ikard
The popular choice is Ryan Broyles, with good reason, but Ikard’s versatility on the offensive line came up big in 2011. After Ben Habern went down, Ikard made a smooth transition from guard to center. And with a healthy Habern and Ikard next season, there is definitely a reason to be excited about the quality of the offensive line. This year also gave some of the young guys a shot on the line so the depth should be improved as well in 2012.
- Bob Przybylo

WR Ryan Broyles
Based on how Oklahoma played without its star receiver, there's no question Broyles was the team's Most Valuable Player this season. Quarterback Landry Jones was clearly affected without his security blanket, throwing for just one touchdown pass in the Sooners' final 17 quarters of play without Broyles. How good will OU's offense be in 2012? We'll find out a lot about Jones when he doesn't have Broyles to throw to.
- Dane Beavers

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