Postseason Wrapup: Day VII

NORMAN, Okla. -- The seventh and final part of this series is in, as Sooners Illustrated breaks down which three positions had the best year.

3. Quarterback/running backs--In a tie for the third spot comes quarterback Landry Jones along with running backs DeMarco Murray, Roy Finch, Mossis Madu and the rest of the crew. Jones threw for more than 4,700 yards, completing 65.6 percent of his passes, including 38 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions. But it's hard not to have the running backs in the top three, since they rushed for nearly 2,000 yards collectively. That's why the two groups finish in a tie. Murray led the way with 1,214 yards on 282 carries, while Finch racked up 398 yards on 85 carries when he was healthy, and Madu finished with 254 yards on 59 rushes. Brennan Clay was the fourth back with more than 100 yards, completing the 2010-11 campaign with 127 net yards.

2. Defensive backs--One of the most concerning units coming into the season exited as one of the most accomplished. Safeties Jonathan Nelson and Quinton Carter ended the year second and third in tackles with 102 and 96, respectively. They combined for six interceptions and 13 passes broken up. Cornerbacks Jamell Fleming and Demontre Hurst also rose to the occasion with 25 PBU's between the two of them. Fleming's 14 PBU's ranked second nationally. Tony Jefferson stepped up as well in the nickle back position in his freshman year. And the Sooners also got solid play from other guys like Aaron Colvin and Javon Harris.

1. Wide receivers--They were very inconsistent in 2009, but not so this time around. Slot receiver Ryan Broyles, who shattered numerous records throughout the season, led the receiving corps with 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns on 131 catches. Freshman Kenny Stills also produced big time, with nearly 800 yards and 61 catches, five of which were touchdowns. An unexpected contributor was Cameron Kenney, who exploded down the stretch to close with the team's fourth-highest total of 544 yards, along with four touchdowns. And Trey Franks proved he will be a mainstay in the coming years, with 263 yards on 29 catches. He had a touchdown reception as well. There were other major contributors in the receiving game, but this core of receivers produced in a big way.

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