Alive and Well
OU wide receiver Jaz Reynolds
OU wide receiver Jaz Reynolds
SoonersIllustrated.com Publisher
Posted Mar 12, 2012
Joey Helmer


NORMAN, Okla. — Some people may have questioned if wide receiver Jaz Reynolds was ever going to play football again at OU.

But to him, there was no question mark.

“There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I was going to play again,” said Reynolds, who suffered a non-life threatening bruised kidney back on Dec. 3 in OU's 44-10 blowout Bedlam loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. “It was just a matter of time when I was going to, if I was going to be able to play in the spring or in the fall.”

Turns out, in fact, Reynolds has returned in just a matter of months from that injury.

A few weeks after the conclusion of the 2011 season, Reynolds was back at it.

“You know, I was just out for about two months, but I started working out about a month ago,” Reynolds said. “And I got all my weight back and [I’m] pretty strong and feeling good now.”

No doubt, his injury was just like rubbing salts in OU’s wounds on that cold night in Stillwater.

Not only were the Sooners getting blasted, but they lost their third leading receiver for the bowl game.

Reynolds had racked up 715 yards and five touchdowns on 41 receptions before suffering the injury.

He averaged 71.5 yards per game and a team-leading 17.4 yards per catch.

Now, he’s back and well.

“It doesn’t nag me anymore,” Reynolds said. “It was just for that one period, and I recovered from it so it doesn’t even bother me anymore.”

Certainly good news for the Sooners, who already had a solid stable of wide receivers in Reynolds, Kenny Stills, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson and hauled in a ridiculous recruiting class, perhaps the best ever, featuring five-star Trey Metoyer, among others.

So, the competition has been raised to a whole another level, inevitably upping the urgency out there on the practice field.

“Yeah, because we have to--you know, we’ve got to keep the talent coming in and it just makes us work harder knowing that the guys coming in are good, too,” Reynolds said.

Since returning, Reynolds has been focusing on a number of things that will ensure him a spot back in the rotation.

“Technique, catching all the deep balls, catching every pass that comes my way and just being a better route runner,” Reynolds said.

At least now he’s healthy to do all those things.

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