After looking back at the great Mark Clayton a day ago, we continue our Countdown to Kickoff this Friday with another speedy wide receiver: shifty No. 8 Jalen Saunders.
Sitting out the first four games of 2012 after transferring from Fresno State, the diminutive but big-time playmaker burst onto the Sooner scene in the Red River Rivalry and instantly became a favorite target of QB Landry Jones. Saunders was a highlight reel waiting to happen during his short but productive two seasons at Oklahoma, including torching Notre Dame in Norman for a school-record eight catches in the first quarter. Here are more of Saunders’ game-breaking plays as a Sooner:
Saunders through his 21 games at OU totaled 1,558 yards and 11 touchdowns on 123 receptions, and added 396 yards and 3 touchdowns as a return man, earning him such accolades as All-Big 12 First Team PR/KR by ESPN.com and Phil Steele and All-Big 12 Second Team WR by coaches and Phil Steele in 2013. He’d conclude his college career in spectacular fashion, catching five passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners’ electrifying Sugar Bowl win against Alabama.
Cowboy fans will, or should, remember Saunders well. He showed no mercy in his two Bedlams against the Pokes, with the punt return touchdown in the video above, and also this…