Player: Kenny Stills
Hometown: Encinitas, Calif.
Height & Weight: 6-foot-1, 189 pounds
Likely position on fall depth chart: Starting wide receiver
The rundown: Stills was hoping to elevate his game to a whole another level when NCAA all-time receptions leader Ryan Broyles went down with a torn ACL last season, but things didn't quite turn out like he wanted them to. He was inconsistent at times despite finishing with nearly 850 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 61 catches. He had some key drops, the most notable one in the Baylor game, and just wasn't as effective as he wanted to be. Because of that, Stills arrived very motivated for spring ball and has carried that through the offseason heading up to fall camp.
Expectations for 2012: This will be Stills' breakout year in which he'll finally turn the corner and likely go for 1,000 yards en route to joining All-Big 12 first team ranks. Stills will have to produce big time if the receiving corps is going to be as good as in past years, simply because Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks have been suspended indefinitely and stripped of their scholarships. He'll be expected to carry youngster Trey Metoyer along, although the stud looks poised to handle himself already, all the while just being more consistent himself. The Stills Sooner fans will see in 2012 will be much different than the previous two years' version. Motivation and another year of experience, a huge part of which came during his failure to fill Broyles' void, is why Stills is one of the Big 12's best players to keep an eye on this year.
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