Hello again, Oklahoma fans! We are inching closer and closer to Sooner football kickoff with only 16 days remaining in our countdown. For today’s edition we’ll reflect upon the up-and-down career of former OU wide receiver Jaz Reynolds.
Reynolds played his true freshman season in 2009, seeing action in nine games and recording 256 receiving yards on 13 receptions. The Houston, Texas native was a natural at the position. He was fluid in his motions, displayed solid hands, and was simply a dynamic player. Reynolds seemed destined for a promising career with the Oklahoma Sooners, but unfortunately that hardly came to fruition.
The following season, Reynolds was battling a stout group of young receivers and was slipping down the depth chart. Things only became more concerning when he was then suspended for the Sooners’ non-conference contest against Air Force for academic purposes. As if that wasn’t enough, Jaz published a statement on Twitter in reference to a then-recent shooting on UT-Austin’s campus, making light of the situation.
Former OU head coach Bob Stoops quickly made the decision to suspend Reynolds indefinitely, which ultimately spanned the rest of the 2010 season. The year would go down officially as a redshirt year for Reynolds, and by the next year he was free to return to the team.
The 2011 season came and went, and Reynolds was a significant contributor for the offense. With 41 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns, Reynolds appeared back on track and ready to become a household name. Then the offseason struck, and Reynolds had nobody else to blame but the young man in the mirror.
For an unspecified violation of team rules, Reynolds was suspended indefinitely once again. This second suspension felt like dismissal was in his future. Luckily for Reynolds he was allowed to rejoin the team once again for his final year as a student athlete in 2013.
While his final season was not nearly his most productive, and his career was marked with suspensions and immature moments, there is something positive to be taken away from Reynolds’s story. He took ownership of his mistakes, didn’t decide to transfer schools or quit altogether, and grew from his checkered past.
In an interview with NewsOK, Jaz Reynolds revealed how appreciative he was for his second and third chances, stating “It’s unfortunate it had to happen, but I’m glad that it did. I’m glad Coach Stoops gave me a chance to come back and straighten everything out before I left. He allowed me the chance to graduate, and I did in December (2013). I really thank Coach Stoops for allowing me to come back to the team and set things straight.”
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