- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
In 2012, quarterback Landry Jones has been blessed with a deep array of talented receivers. How do they stack up against OU’s recent crop of pass-catchers? SoonerNation ranks the 10-best OU receivers of the last five seasons:
1. Ryan Broyles (2008-11): Broyles shattered the FBS career receptions record with 349 catches. He also set school records with 4,586 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns. Simply put, Broyles is the best receiver in OU history.
2. Juaquin Iglesias (2005-08): Iglesias may not have been flashily, but he was the best wideout on the most productive offense in modern college football history. Iglesias finished with a 1,150-yard season in ’08, making him, Broyles and Mark Clayton the only 1,000-yard receivers in OU history.
3. Kenny Stills (2010-12): Stills broke Broyles’ OU freshman receiving record, and after a disappointing sophomore campaign, has rounded back into form this season. With 33 receiving yards last weekend against Baylor, Stills now has 2,317 in his career, passing Malcolm Kelly for fourth in OU history.
4. Malcolm Kelly (2005-07): Yes, Kelly had a substandard senior season where he averaged less than four receptions a game with Sam Bradford as his quarterback. But in ’06, Kelly (62 catches, 993 yards, 10 TDs) helped carry an OU offense that was stripped of Rhett Bomar and later Adrian Peterson to a Big 12 title.
5. Manny Johnson (2005-08): At times, he was the fourth option on the ’08 offense. What a fourth option to have. Johnson quietly had one of the more prolific receiving careers in school history with 115 career catches, 1,681 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Johnson also broke the school record with 206 receiving in one game (which Broyles later surpassed twice).
6. Justin Brown (2012): The Penn State transfer has given the Sooners the kind of consistency at wideout they longed for last season after Broyles’ injury. In his last five games, Brown has averaged almost 77 receiving yards per game. He also has touchdowns in five of the Sooners’ last six games.
7. Jalen Saunders (2012): Saunders might rank ahead of Brown had he been eligible the entire season. In just five appearances, he’s already third on the offense in receptions. Saunders also flashed what he’s capable of, hauling in 15 passes for 181 yards in the loss to Notre Dame. Saunders has future star written all over him.
8. Cameron Kenney (2009-10): The junior college transfer got off to a dismal start, twice losing his starting job. But then at the end of the ’10 season, he came out of nowhere to spearhead OU to victories over Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Connecticut as the Sooners captured the Big 12 title while eradicating their BCS bowl losing streak. In those three game, Kenney totaled 19 catches for 360 yards and three touchdowns.
9. Jaz Reynolds (2009-12): Reynolds has shown flashes of brilliance. Unfortunately, thanks to off-the-field issues, they’ve only been flashes. Reynolds seemed to have figured it all out in the middle of last season, when he hauled in four touchdowns over a three-game span. But in the off-season, Reynolds was suspended for a third time and has yet to play a game this season. He was also suspended all of 2010 after a promising rookie season.
10. Quentin Chaney (2006-09): Chaney actually emerged as a viable receiving option off the bench in ’08, with 29 receptions and 504 receiving yards. Chaney was OU’s MVP of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where he hauled in four passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in a 48-28 loss to West Virginia.
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