Ryan Broyles tops the charts in many of the Sooners Receiving Records which is why he finds himself atop the list of all-time great receivers during the Bob Stoops era
During the Bob Stoops era at Oklahoma, every receiving record has been set by various players. Each year, the Sooners build upon the tradition left behind by exiting receivers. Not only does the coaching staff recruit wideouts to reek havoc on the secondary, they recruit receivers to be play an integral part of the offense while depending on them to score in bunches. It is no secret that the Sooners are a pass first offense whether that comes on third and two or first and ten, Oklahoma is going to air the ball out. Throughout the years, fans have seen star birthed on the gridiron but which ones are the best under Bob Stoops?
1) Ryan Broyles
Ryan Broyles is the best receiver to ever grace the Norman Campus. Time and time again, Broyles continued making catches that seemed impossible with sure hands that rarely dropped a ball. In 2012 Broyles solidified his slot in NCAA history as he broke the career receptions mark to go along with numerous other school records. But, his best season came during the 2010 season. This was a season in which Broyles recorded 1,622 yards on 131 receptions and 15 touchdowns. It was clear that he was the favorite target of Landry Jones with good reason. Not only did Broyles excel in the receiving game, he was also an explosive punt return man. Sooner fans were wowed every time Broyles touched the ball as his explosiveness had the potential to result in a score at any time. During his career, he gained All-American honors not once but twice while finding his name as a Biletnikoff Finalist in back-to-back seasons.
2) Mark Clayton
Mark Clayton began his career as a redshirt freshman during a season in which the Sooners went on to win the National Championship. However, when he hit the field in 2001, Clayton quickly began to build a reputation as one of the top receiving threats in the nation. By far, his best season came in 2003 as he set several records for the Sooners en route to becoming a first team all-american. During this standout season, Clayton recorded a stellar 1,425 yards on 83 receptions and 15 touchdowns.
Malcolm Kelly presented a unique set of problems for defensive backs as he stands at 6-4. During his freshman season in 2005, he made waves as he led the Sooners in receptions as well as receiving yards. Kelly would follow up that freshman season with an equally impressive sophomore season while becoming the fastest to eclipse the career 1,000 yard mark in school history.
4) Antwone Savage
Antwone Savage was a part of the National Championship team and was one of now, Offensive Coordinator, Josh Heupel's favorite targets. During the 1999 season, Savage was selected as the Big XII Freshman of the Year after he set single season records for receptions and receiving yards. He followed up this impressive season by breaking his own record as the leading receiver en route to 2000 National Championship.
While Juaquin Iglesias will go down as one of the best receivers in school history, he will most likely be remembered for something entirely different. The 2008 season had high hopes with the top offense in the nation. However, Iglesias all but disappeared in the national championship game against the Florida Gators. Iglesias finished his career ranked third in receptions and receiving yards as well as fourth in all-purpose yards. He, much like Broyles, excelled in the return game as well.