Three Reasons Broyles Will Stay

NORMAN, Okla. — Linebacker Travis Lewis announced he's coming back for the 2011-12 campaign, so the question now arises about whether slot receiver Ryan Broyles will return.

In this first of a two-part series, Sooners Illustrated examines why it will happen.

Three Reasons Broyles Will Stay in Norman:

1. The chase for a national championship—Broyles has done almost everything at OU, but there's only one thing missing on his resume, the same thing Lewis cited as perhaps the biggest reason for his return: a national championship. And this surely factors into his decision, as the Sooners would very likely be No. 1 if Broyles returns.

2. Opportunity to shatter more records—Not only does he seek a national championship victory, but Broyles has other motivating factors to return in the form of some records. He blasted a number of OU records this year, including career receptions (266), career receiving touchdowns (35) and receptions in a season (131), but several NCAA marks are on the horizon for next season. He's only 50 catches shy of the career receptions record, while he's just less than 1,600 yards away from the career receiving yards record. That means if he has the same season statistically next season that he put together this year (131 receptions for 1,622 yards), he'll shatter both of those records.

3. Chance to improve his draft stock—He has a lot to gain in terms of spots he could move up in the draft with another year. In the latest projections, Broyles is a second round pick and possibly further from the top than the bottom. Another year like his 2010-11 season, however, could change that and is ample reason to justify another one in Norman.

So, that's why Broyles will come back.

Stay tuned for the second part of this series, which will feature three reasons Broyles won't return.

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