May 9, 2007

Sumlin changing things up at receiver

After a couple of weeks off to focus on the NFL draft and college baseball, we continue our focus on spring football with a look at the wide receiver position and everything we've learned from spring football.

Kevin Sumlin will look to revamp his wide receiver corps with an influx of talent next fall. Tyler Stradford, Ryan Broyles and Corey Wilson will give Sumlin plenty of options to push his veterans and youngsters when fall practices arrive in August.

And with some of that talent in mind, Sumlin has revamped the roles for some of his veterans in the Oklahoma offense. Editor takes a look at the wide receiver position and grades out their performances this spring.

Malcolm Kelly - Kelly sat out the entire spring as he was recovering from a torn meniscus. Kelly used the time in to work on his upper body strength. The junior-to-be has gain noticeable strength and he plans to use that bulk to his advantage next season.

Kelly just missed out on a 1,000-yard season when he went down early in the Fiesta Bowl. But before Kelly left in that game, he'd already made his mark in a record setting performance in the Big 12 Championship game.

Kelly set records for receptions (10) and yards (142) against Nebraska in that game.

The Sooners could end up losing Kelly to the NFL after this season if he continues to develop into the premier wideout in the country. But he's still working to improve on his route running and his blocking skills before he's ready to make that leap.

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