Friday, May 17, 2013
Crimson Countdown: WR Jaz Reynolds
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.
Receiver Jaz Reynolds can make plays for the Sooners, but he has had off the field troubles.
Impact thus far: When he keeps his nose clean, Reynolds can be a difference-maker on the field. He’s one of the most frustrating players on the roster because he has talent but can’t seem to get out of his own way at times. With multiple suspensions and multiple big plays, Reynolds has had a roller-coaster career heading into his fifth year in Norman.
The good: He has 54 receptions for 971 yards and five touchdowns in 19 career games (six starts). The bad: He has just two career games with more than 100 receiving yards. The ugly: He has been suspended for more games (26) than he has played in during his time at OU.
Expectations for 2013: If he finds his way out of the doghouse, Reynolds can be an impact player for OU’s offense. He would bring a veteran playmaking presence to an offense that could use his talents.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Reynolds becomes a consistent, focused presence on the offense. He emerges as one of the Sooners top receivers, becomes a leader on the offense and regains the trust of the coaching staff.
From No. 1 Kendal Thompson to No. 99 Chaz Nelson, SoonerNation is evaluating the Oklahoma roster numerically. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Reynolds never sees the field as he struggles to maintain his focus and gain the trust of the coaching staff.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Reynolds: D. The Sooners did a good job of evaluation of Reynolds the player, but his lack of focus and off-the-field struggles have kept him from becoming the player he should be. If football was important to him he would not continue to let distractions keep him off the field.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Reynolds: C. When he’s been in good standing the Sooners have utilized him well. The Sooners decision to suspend him and allow him to try to return to good standing will could be rewarded this fall, or Reynolds could simply be remembered for what could have been.