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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Who's replacing Broyles ... on punt return?

By Jake Trotter

The Sooners haven’t worked on punt return yet. But when they do, Cale Gundy said Kenny Stills, Roy Finch and Brennan Clay will get the first cracks at succeeding Ryan Broyles, OU’s primary punt returner the last four seasons.

Stills replaced Broyles last season after Broyles went down with a knee injury. But Stills was more of a care of the position, returning only eight punts for a total of 38 yards. Clay and Finch were both dynamic returners in high school, but neither have returned punts in college. Both do have experience on kickoff returns.

Way Adds A New Gig

Oklahoma punter Tress Way used to hold kicks for brother, Cole, currently Tulsa’s punter.

Way could be holding for the Sooners, too, next season.

Last year’s holder, Nyko Symonds, has transferred, leaving a void at the spot. Placekicker Michael Hunnicutt knew who he wanted as a replacement.

“I guess Hunnicutt went to coach (Bob) Stoops and said he liked having me hold the ball,” Way said. “I practiced through winter workouts and I'm practicing it now. I like it. It's fun. It's different. I know how he likes the ball so I can keep doing it if I need to.

“I've got to get better but I have a while before our first game. It's fun, though.”