Thursday, November 29, 2012
Roundtable: OU's most valuable 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: Who has been Oklahoma's most valuable receiver this season?
Sooners wideout Kenny Stills has 11 touchdown receptions this season, after combining for 13 during his first two seasons at OU.
• Jalen Saunders has come up big in big games, and Justin Brown has been Mr. Consistent. But the MVP of this receiving corps is Kenny Stills. Not only does Stills still lead the Sooners in every receiving category, he's a major reason why this group has come together so well. Stills never scoffed when he knew Brown and Saunders would take catches away from him. He made both feel welcomed and part of the team even though Brown didn't arrive until mid-August, and Saunders wasn't cleared until Texas week. Considering the circumstances, the transition has been seamless, and Stills' leadership and personality is a big reason why. Oh yeah, Stills has come up with some huge catches this season, notably the game-winning grab at West Virginia.
- Jake Trotter
• Justin Brown, Kenny Stills and Sterling Shepard have each had their moments, but OU's offense went to another level when Jalen Saunders became a main element of the Sooners offensive plans. The junior's big-play ability scares defenses and opens up opportunities on the outside for Stills and Brown. He plays with a fearless mindset and has a knack for getting open, making him a worthy target for Landry Jones.
- Brandon Chatmon
• Had a lot of skepticism when Justin Brown announced he was going to transfer from Penn State to OU. Had no idea how somebody from the Big Ten, a conference not known for its offense, was going to adjust to the offense-happy Big 12. Brown has shut up any critics he had and has been a valuable contributor and reliable target for Landry Jones all season. He's not flashy, he's not a speed burner, but he's tough, both mentally and physically. His leadership and maturity have really been on full display through the season.
- Bob Przybylo