With Sooner Football looming just 16 days away, lets take a quick look at former Sooners Wide Receiver Jaz Reynolds.
Jaz was a three star recruit from Houston, Texas. He was ranked the #92 Wide Receiver in the nation by Scouts.com. Reynolds signed with the Sooners over teams such as Nebraska, Oregon, Colorado, and Virginia.
Reynolds had an interesting career at Oklahoma, to say the least. As a true freshman, he was redshirted after posting “insensitive” tweets about a gunman at the University of Texas. His sophomore year, he served a one game suspension for violating team rules. His junior year, his scholarship was revoked and he, along with three other Sooners, were suspended indefinitely. He was eventually granted a second chance by Bob Stoops, and got to play his Senior season.
He put up impressive numbers during the seasons in which he played. In 2009, he played in nine games, and had 13 receptions for 256 yards. He was redshirted for the 2010 season. In 2011, he played ten games, six of which he started. During this season, Jaz boasted 41 receptions for 715 yards, and 5 touchdowns.
Reynolds did not get to play his Junior season, after being suspended for violating team rules. Bob Stoops decided that he deserved a second chance, so he let him play for his Senior year at OU.
His Senior season, he played in twelve of the team’s thirteen games, starting just four. His stats were not as impressive as his sophomore year, but he still was a major asset to the team’s receiving corps. He finished the season totaling 14 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown.
Reynolds on playing his final year as a Sooner: ” I got much less snaps than I was used to, but I had to capitalize on the snaps I did get. When I was on the field, I just had to go hard. I had to get over the fact that I wasn’t gonna get those snaps because other guys were playing way better than me. It just taught me that when I’m out there, I’ve gotta give 110 percent because you might have to come out the very next play, and you don’t know when you’ll be back in.”
Jaz finished his impressive career at the University of Oklahoma playing in 31 games, having 61 receptions for 1,187 yards, and 6 trips to the end zone.
16 days till Football Time in Oklahoma.
Article by Anderson Inman