Stills prepares to make his return to the field against the Seminoles
After being suspended for the Sooners’ first game this season because of a DUI earlier this year, sophomore wide receiver Kenny Stills will rejoin his teammates on the field Sept. 17 when they take on Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.
However, the Sooners proved last weekend that they have a wealth of talent at the position with or without the star.
Sophomore Trey Franks made huge contributions, and senior Dejuan Miller was the big physical presence at the position the team has missed the past couple of years. And having All-American and potential Heisman candidate Ryan Broyles does not hurt the Sooners’ positional prospects either.
But Stills said that as good as OU was Saturday, the team can still get better.
“We definitely have a long way to go as a receiving corps,” Stills said. “Plenty of mistakes were made on Saturday. We’re just going to continue to build on that every week. We’re never satisfied around here.”
One thing that was very evident in Saturday’s win was junior quarterback Landry Jones’ confidence in his receivers. After Miller’s first drop of the game, Jones went right back to him on the next play for a huge gain.
Stills said that Jones’ relationship with his receivers did not occur by accident — it was something that has been earned all year in practice.
“Landry has a lot of confidence in his guys,” Stills said. “We practice hard. We catch a million balls out there. For Landry to come back to him is what we expect. We don’t expect him to go the other way with it. He has confidence in his players, and he makes his reads.”