- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
NORMAN, Okla. -- With the addition of Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders last week, a strong Oklahoma receiving corps just got stronger.
But it remains to be seen if this group finishes as one of the best in school history.
SoonerNation ranks the Top 10 receiving corps in OU history including tight ends:
The ’08 unit gets the nod because of Gresham, who was virtually unstoppable as a flex tight end. Iglesias had one of the best years ever for an OU receiver, and Broyles set freshman receiving records. Remember, the ’08 offense set a FBS record for points in a season. The receiving corps was a big reason why.
On receivers alone, ’04 group is the best in school history. The Sooners ran the ball more that season because of Adrian Peterson, but Clayton and Wilson were a formidable duo. The group had depth, too, with big-play Bradley and the reliable Peoples.
3. 1975: Tinker Owens (9 receptions, 241 yards, 1 TD), Billy Brooks (5, 114, 0), Victor Hicks (2, 54, 1)
Despite rarely getting the ball in OU’s Wishbone attack, Owens and Brooks were first-team All-Americans at split end. No other OU offense has had multiple first-team All-American receivers.
4. 2003: Mark Clayton (83 receptions, 1,425 yards, 15 TDs), Brandon Jones (46, 709, 8), Jejuan Rankins (33, 406, 6), Will Peoples (24, 299, 3), Travis Wilson (24, 284, 4), Mark Bradley (11, 194, 2)
Basically the same group as 2004, except a year younger. Clayton had a record-setting season, and Rankings was in the rotation. But Wilson and Bradley hadn’t yet reached their potential.
The national championship group was clutch, deep and remarkably balanced. That season, Savage led the Sooners in receiving in the win over Nebraska; Fagan, in the win at Texas A&M; and Norman, in the victory over Texas.
6. 2007: Juaquin Iglesias (68 receptions, 907 yards, 5 TDs), Malcolm Kelly (49, 821, 9), TE Jermaine Gresham (37, 518, 11), Manny Johnson (31, 448, 4) TE Joe Jon Finley (23, 290, 4)
Kelly was one of the more physical receivers in OU history, while Iglesias and Johnson were beginning to come into their own. The Sooners also utilized a three-headed monster at tight end in Gresham, Finley and blocking specialist Brody Eldridge.
7. 1999: Brandon Daniels (50 receptions, 572 yards, 3 TDs), Jarrail Jackson (44, 583, 6), Antwone Savage (31, 426, 1), Curtis Fagan (30, 382, 2), Damien Mackey (28, 319, 4), Josh Norman (16, 180, 4), TE Trent Smith (18, 175, 2)
Bob Stoops’ first receiving corps included some impressive remnants of the John Blake era in Daniels and Jackson, who both thrived in the Mike Leach offense.
Broyles broke every OU receiving record as an All-American, and Stills proved to be a steady wingman with the best freshman season in OU history. Kenney proved to be a difference-maker with a surge out of nowhere late in the season.
9. 1968: Eddie Hinton (60 receptions, 967 yards, 6 TDs), TE Steve Zabel (19, 237, 4), Joe Killingsworth (9, 116, 1)
Until Mark Clayton came along, Hinton held every OU receiving record before going on to a banner career with the Baltimore Colts. Zabel, a two-way star for the Sooners, also had a successful NFL career as a defensive end.
10. 1985: TE Keith Jackson (20 receptions, 486 yards, 2 TDs), Derrick Shepard (15, 281, 3), Lee Morris (5, 96, 2)
Jamelle Holieway rarely threw out of the wishbone, but when he did, something special usually happened. Jackson was a two-time All-American and Shepard went on to become a starter in the NFL.