Broyles, the Best OU Receiver Ever?

NORMAN, Okla. – When the history books are written, junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles wants to go down as the best receiver to ever play at OU, and he took big strides in making that want a reality during the Sooners' 45-7 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday.

Broyles set three OU records, including career receptions (229), career receiving touchdowns (32) and receptions in a season (94).

"It's a good feeling, and it feels even better to win on top of that," said the home-grown talent, who gained 119 yards on eight receptions and found the end zone three times Saturday. "It's just one of those things I've kept my eye on, and hard work pays off."

The two career records were previously held by former OU receiver Mark Clayton, who is currently making a nice living in the NFL despite being sidelined with an injury, and Broyles broke his own season receptions record of 89 that he set a year ago.

At this point of the season, head coach Bob Stoops has run out of new words to describe how special of a receiver Broyles is because of how often he puts up big numbers.

"I think I've said all you can say about Ryan," Stoops said. "He's a great player. He has it all. So, he's a special player for sure."

Being the best ever at OU may not be one of Broyles' personal beliefs, but teammates certainly say otherwise.

"He might be the greatest receiver we've had here at Oklahoma," redshirt sophomore quarterback Landry Jones said. "It just depends on how he plays the next couple games and if he comes back next year. I didn't get to play with a lot of the other guys, but in my opinion I think he could possibly go down as the best one."

Whether or not Broyles returns for a senior season is still an unanswered question, and he claims he does not have an answer about his future at this time. But if this was his final year and final game at Owen Field, then Broyles, who has played through injuries for a good amount of this season, could be a legitimate candidate in the best receiver argument.

And with three guaranteed games, two regular season games and a bowl game, remaining on the Sooners' schedule, Broyles has the opportunity to break more records. He needs four more touchdowns to tie his and Clayton's record of 15 receiving touchdowns in a season and his 15 100-plus yard games is one away from having the most in OU history.

"It's more than I could ever dream of," Broyles said. "From this point on, I'm just going to stretch my numbers."


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