So far, only one man has been able to step up to the task, a man that shined the other night in OU’s 64-0 win over Idaho State.
Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Broyles, after having a fairly quiet first game, made some noise against the Bengals as he caught seven passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns, including a 51-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter.
“Well, sure, Ryan I guess, sticks out when he had such a big night the other night,” said OU head coach Bob Stoops.
The only problem was the other wide outs that got significant playing time perhaps didn’t and haven’t produced enough either last weekend or in OU’s 14-13 loss to BYU.
Junior Mossis Madu, who’s been working in the slot position, had two receptions for eight yards.
The rest of the wide receiving corps, juniors Cameron Kenney and Brandon Caleb and sophomore Dejuan Miller, combined for a total of three receptions and 33 yards.
So, the production isn’t quite where it needs to be, despite Broyles’ big performance.
“Some of [going to Broyles so much] was by design in regard to those situations, but sure, you know, you need some other guys to step up, whether they’re stretching the field or coming up with plays or first down catches,” Stoops said.
And getting that production won’t just start on Saturdays, but instead, the development has to be throughout the week.
“Everything is just predicated on how guys do in practice and when they get their opportunities, how they play,” Stoops said. “So far, Ryan’s played really well, and so, that’s where you’re at. But you continue to play around the other guys. Everyone thinks it’s just in games. I mean, those guys are going to take 100 snaps in practice every day, too one way or another. So, you’re constantly developing them.”
Kinney, who easily could step up and take that role as the second man in the group, said it’s just about applying their potential to actual game situations.
“I mean, yeah definitely, me and a whole bunch of other guys, we’re all capable of doing it,” Kinney said. “We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t. We have great players at every position around here, and I know that any guy, just the second or third, needs to step up and make a play. We’ve got a bunch of playmakers.”
The talent and skills are definitely there, so now it’s just time for a couple to step up and support Broyles.
“Those guys are still continuing to mature and hopefully they’ll keep stepping up and making some of those plays that you need them to make,” Stoops said.