Stoops lets Reynolds' TD celebration slide

April, 23, 2012
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As far as players are concerned, coach Bob Stoops has saved his most intense ire for receivers who draw celebration penalties after touchdowns. In 2009, Stoops laid into Ryan Broyles after Broyles was flagged for high-stepping into the end zone with the Sooners trailing by four touchdowns at Texas Tech. In 2010, Kenny Stills got ripped by Stoops after jump-spiking the ball following a scoring grab that also resulted in a penalty.

In the spring game, Jaz Reynolds played with fire when he dunked the ball over crossbar after a 60-yard touchdown catch. The dunk led to a penalty, and the Sooners ended up missing the subsequent extra point from the 18-yard line. Because it was a scrimmage, Stoops cut Reynolds, who rebounded from a scary kidney injury to take part in spring ball, some slack.

“I figured I would let that one go,” Stoops said.

Reynolds had been planning to undergo a surgical procedure on the kidney after spring practice. But the kidney has recovered more than expected, eliminating the need for surgery.

“He’s felt so good, he’s just going to let it go as it is,” Stoops said.

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