Miller Feels a Connection with Jones

NORMAN, Okla. -- DeJuan Miller came on strong at the end of the 2009 season and heading in to the 2010 year he feels a good rapport with his starting quarterback, Landry Jones.

The relationship between a receiving core and a quarterback can never be understated.

And in 2009, that relationship was troubled from day one for the Sooners first with the injury of star tight end Jermaine Gresham before OU ever took the field for their opener against Brigham Young.

That immediately forced extra pressure a wide receiver group that was already inexperienced as it was.

Then Heisman quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a third degree AC sprain in his throwing shoulder.

All of that snowballed into unchartered territory, featuring a backup quarterback, Artesia, N.M. native Landry Jones, with a receiving group that hadn't really proven itself, a combination for a lack of chemistry.

But wide receiver Dejuan Miller said following OU's first spring practice that things already figure to be different in 2010.

"I feel like me and Landry have a great relationship," Miller said. "And I feel like he has a great relationship with every one of the receivers."

That wide receiver group also features guys like Ryan Broyles, who led the team with more than 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns last year, Brandon Caleb and Jaz Reynolds.

Aside from Broyles, an electric receiver that can take over games, Miller said Reynolds, who had three receptions for 36 yards in the Sun Bowl, has helped complement his game.

"Yeah, definitely I think it does [give me more confidence when Reynolds plays well]," Miller said. "He's going to be a sophomore, and I feel like that was a springboard for me and Jazz as well to give us some more confidence as we head toward the fall."

So aside from the chemistry issues from a year ago, what else are the Sooners working on to perfect their receiving game?

"I think it's just really trying to work on the little things, sharpen up our game," Miller said. "You know, we watched last year's film and really just tried to watch previous year's film and work on the depths of our routes and getting off the turns and going up for the balls. I think our mindset this spring is to work on more of the fundamentals and just getting what we need to get on the field."

One other thing they are emphasizing is attention to detail day-in and day-out.

"I mean, I think the one thing that caused [poor results at times last year] was just a lack of concentration," Miller said. "Everybody that plays is talented. You wouldn't be at Oklahoma if you weren't talented, so I think it was just a lack of focus and just a lack of concentration."

Maybe this upcoming season will feature some of the wide receiver play people at OU are used to seeing.

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