Thursday, April 5, 2012
Kenny Stills has leg up on punt return job
By Brandon Chatmon
Kenny Stills might not be considered a no-brainer to step in for Ryan Broyles as Landry Jones’ main receiving target at Oklahoma. But the junior could be a no-brainer to step in for Broyles as the Sooners main punt returner.
“It’s going good,” Stills said. “I feel like I am the most comfortable person back there right now.”
Stills pointed to his eight returns for 38 yards after Broyles was injured last season as the main reason he feels most comfortable in that role. Now, he’s focused on making more big plays in the role after averaging just 4.8 yards per return as a sophomore.
“I hope I can get loose and make a few more plays in the punt return game,” he said.
Running backs coach Cale Gundy, who oversees OU’s punt return units, said earlier this spring few players can excel in the role and it tends to come naturally to players who excel at it. For Stills, there is one main key to success as a punt returner.
“Focus,” Stills said. “You have to focus on the ball and the players coming at you and see if you have the proper blocking.”