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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Roundtable: Oklahoma's third receiver

By SoonerNation staff

Every Thursday during the season, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Today's question: Which receiver will make the biggest impact for the Sooners the rest of the season -- Jalen Saunders, Sterling Shepard or Trey Metoyer?

Sterling Shepard
Freshman wideout Sterling Shepard has 16 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown this season.
• Jalen Saunders brings something to the table that Trey Metoyer and Sterling Shepard do not. That is experience. Like fellow transfer Justin Brown, Saunders has quickly picked up the offense, and he made an immediate impact in the Texas game. Metoyer and Shepard have bright futures, and will help the Sooners this season. But as a veteran, Saunders will have the biggest impact of the three down the stretch.
-- Jake Trotter

• While all three newcomers will make an impact, Jalen Saunders will make the biggest difference. He was All-WAC as a sophomore and his first catch in an OU uniform was an example of the playmaking ability he brings. The junior snatched the ball out of the air despite being well-defended on the play. He brings experience and proven playmaking ability, which is what will separate him from Shepard and Metoyer in 2012.
-- Brandon Chatmon

• For OU to make a serious run at a BCS national championship, the Sooners are going to need a big second half of the season from all three talented wide receivers. But now's the time, in particular, for freshman Sterling Shepard. After a dynamic outing against Kansas State, Shepard has dropped off a little in wins against Texas Tech and Texas. Part of that is due to the ball being spread out more, which is an overall good thing. But Shepard's tenacity and competitiveness is unparalleled, and he brings the team some attitude at the spot.
-- Bob Przybylo