Sooners Receiving Corp Grows, As O-Line Loses Beef

It’s been an up and down week regarding the look of the OU football roster for the coming season. Clearly, the offense is a full scale passing attack. With stellar freshman recruits at the wide out positions as well as newly reinstated returnees, Landry Jones will have plenty of targets. Add to the list Penn State’s steadiest receiver from a year ago, Justin Brown, who is the latest Nittany Lions student-athlete to bolt the post-Sandusky ship. 

Now the question is, “will there be enough guys to protect him up front?”

Im a big believer that the o-line is where success begins and ends on offense. Sorry, but there are a lot of terrific QBs and receivers out there but a great o-line is tougher to build. In the past week the Sooners learned senior center Ben Habern is hanging up his cleats due to injuries. Now its been learned that pre-season all Big-12 lineman Tyler Evans has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. 

We’ll keep an eye on the protection Landry gets and the line’s ability to adjust to the changes as the pre-season progresses.

OU Press Releases Below:

NORMAN, Okla. – Head coach Bob Stoops announced that senior wide receiver Justin Brown has joined the University of Oklahoma football roster.

Brown comes to Norman after spending three seasons at Penn State, where he was named third-team preseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. During his tenure with the Nittany Lions, Brown saw duty in 30 contests, collecting 73 receptions for 1,047 yards (14.9 avg.) with three touchdowns. His career receiving yardage total ranks 20th in Penn State history. He also returned 49 punts for 338 yards (6.9 avg.) with a 33-yard long.

“We are excited that Justin wants to finish his college career here at OU,” Stoops said. “Justin started 11 games last season and was a productive performer on offense and special teams. We are confident that he can quickly integrate with our team. We’re looking forward to the experience and maturity he will add to our receiving corps.”

Brown was the only Penn State player to have at least one catch in every game last year, ranking second on the squad with 35 catches for 517 yards (14.8 avg.) with three touchdowns. He registered a career-long, 69-yard scoring grab in the TicketCity Bowl vs. Houston. He led the team with 27 punt returns for 220 yards. His 33-yard punt returns vs. Purdue and at Wisconsin were the club’s longest of the season, while his 737 all-purpose yards were the team’s third-highest tally. In total, he took 731 snaps in 2011, the highest total of any Penn State wide receiver or running back.

NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops confirmed on Monday evening that senior offensive lineman Tyler Evans has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.


“We feel badly for Tyler and will certainly encourage him through the surgery and rehab,” Stoops said. “Bronson Irwin has been playing well and we’re fortunate to have good depth. He’ll get a lot of reps in the preseason and we’ll be ready to go when the season gets here.”

Evans earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from AP and the coaches last season after starting 13 games at right guard. The Strafford, Mo., native has registered 29 career starts at that position for the Sooners.

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