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I think some assumed Reynolds would be back on the field next season but weren't sure about Franks or Hayes. One would assume that, if they're out in public representing the program, they must be working their way out of the dog house.
Oklahoma football: Jaz Reynolds said season-long suspension has been a 'good reflecting moment'
The Sooners receiver couldn't definitively say if he's been fully reinstated.
“You'll have to check in with coach,” he said.
“I don't worry about it. I'm completely not worried about next season. I'm pretty sure I'll be out there like normal.”
Thursday evening, Reynolds and defensive backs Quentin Hayes and Trey Franks represented the football team at Jefferson Elementary School, which hosted a Sooner Jr. event promoting fitness, academics, nutrition and sportsmanship.
Just another step in the right direction for the trio, all of whom were indefinitely suspended last May for unspecified team rules violations and missed the 2012 season.
“It's a good reflecting moment,” Reynolds said. “You've gotta get yourself together and everything.
“I never lost sense of being on the team. This definitely helps.”
Reynolds, Hayes and Franks were three of the 20-plus Oklahoma student-athletes and coaches who volunteered at Thursday's event, which included representatives from the OU baseball, volleyball, rowing and men's basketball teams.
Just after spring football practices ended last year, all three were suspended — along with receiver Kameel Jackson, who was ultimately dismissed entirely — leaving the Sooner receiving corps in what appeared at the time to be critical condition.
Reynolds was OU's third-leading receiver as a sophomore, grabbing 41 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns. The same year, Franks was OU's top kick returner, while also catching 22 passes for 196 yards.
Franks and Hayes, a sophomore, each redshirted during their suspensions, and Franks was switched to defense; Reynolds' redshirt season came in 2010, but only after he was suspended for tweeting insensitive comments regarding a gunman at the University of Texas during OU/Texas week.
The apparent crisis at wide receiver was abated, though, when senior Justin Brown and junior Jalen Saunders transferred from Penn State and Fresno State, respectively, and became two of quarterback Landry Jones' top targets.
“It's always good to see new guys come in and ball,” Reynolds said. “I'm a team player. I'm not selfish at all. Seeing them go out there and play; it's pretty humbling.”
With Brown and leading receiver Kenny Stills now gone, Reynolds could re-emerge as a senior in 2013.
“Jaz has to keep pushing and plugging and sawing wood,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “He'll get his chance to get back out there.”
Reynolds said the hardest part of his season-long suspension was “not being able to get back in my element,” but that he always felt supported.
“I never lost sense of being on the team,” he said.
Asked for his thoughts on the Sooners' 2012 season, which included a 10-3 record and shared Big 12 championship, Reynolds said, “Ten wins is nice, but being around here, you've gotta get 13 in order for it to be remembered.”
Thursday, though, Reynolds, Hayes and Franks enjoyed playing with the youngsters at Jefferson Elementary and giving back to the Norman community.
“We're all kinda kids inside,” Reynolds said with a laugh, adding that such events aren't common where he grew up in Houston.
“Back in my community, the guys didn't really give back like this. It's a new experience for me, actually being older and being able to come to an elementary school with kids who look up to us.”
I think you're right. They won't officially say they're back, but if their out representing the team it's pretty much a given. They still have to cooperate with the guidelines and stay out of trouble or they will be gone for good.
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Hayes was back playing special teams the last few games of the season.
It's amazing to me that Jaz has basically thrown away 2 years because of stupid things. While he might be back-I'm not so sure how much playing time he'll get. We are pretty deep at WR.
IMO if he comes back he will see the field a lot.
I would have to agree (assuming he is still in game shape from a technique and conditioning standpoint)... he is the only proven outside receiver we currently have on the roster. Not saying Metoyer, Neal, or even Saunders wouldn't be successful on the outside, but Jaz has already exhibited his effectiveness lined up outside.
I agree completely. When he last played he was showing definite signs of being a difference-making player. He was getting consistent seperation and made a few nice one-handed grabs. Personally, I think he could have been special had he not derailed himself.
I think unless Metoyer makes a huge jump next year, and lets hope he does, Reynolds could very well start.
not many youngmen would have faced the music like these guys have. There were other opportuniites to take there talents to other fields of play. Hopefully this means that maturity is taking hold. Either way, I wish them all the best in their chosen paths...
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Weren't the suspended players allowed to play on the scout team? For some reason that eludes me at the moment I thought they were. If so they should be in shape, especially if they had to do extra conditioning as part of their atonement.
I have always thought Jazz was a fantastic WR and I think he will start next year. I have never seen hands like his with his one handed catches. He can be a leader.
Agree, The man has real skills.
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