NORMAN, Okla. — Ryan Broyles, the most prolific receiver in Oklahoma history, announced tonight that he will return for his senior season with the Sooners.
“I was to finish my degree. That’s very important to me.” “We’ve got a chance to have a very good team next season and I really want to be part of that,” Broyles said. “I like the guys on the team and the coaches, and feel like there is more we can accomplish. Being at OU means a lot to me. It’s a great environment.”
Through three seasons, Broyles has 266 catches for 3,429 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2010, when he was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and a consensus All-American, Broyles hauled in 131 passes for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The won’t compute final statistics until all the bowl games are played, but Broyles entered the bowl season as the nation’s leader in receptions per game and No. 3 in receiving yards per game.
Even with all of the impressive numbers, Broyles wants to do more on the college level.
“Personally, I know I can mature as a person and a player and get myself better prepared for the ,” he said. “I want to win more championships and break every record possible as a receiver. I’m fortunate to have the players around me who can help me achieve those goals.”
OU Head Coach Bob Stoops said Broyles will put another year to good use.
“I know how Ryan will invest himself and this will work out very well for him,” Stoops said. “He’ll make himself an even better player and have himself at a peak when he gets ready to enter pro football. I absolutely believe he made the right decision.”
Stoops said the Norman native continues to impress in the way he plays and interacts with his teammates.
“He’s a great football player and leader,” Stoops said. “You just shake your head at some of the things he can do and yet he impacts our team equally in the way he handles himself in other aspects of our program. His return obviously strengthens us in many ways.”
Quarterback Landry Jones said, “We had talked about (his decision) a little bit and I had an idea that he might be coming back, but I know he wanted to get his evaluation and make a decision. You never know what someone might do. I wanted what was best for Ryan, but I am very excited that he’s coming back. He just gives us someone who has been in the position for a long time and is a real leader. And I feel the same way about Travis (Lewis). I think we’re all looking forward to next season.”
Broyles put an exclamation point on his 2010 season when he caught 13 catches for 170 yards and one touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl win over Connecticut.