- Associated Press - Friday, November 5, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (AP) - Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles and Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller will be on the same field Saturday when the Sooners visit the Aggies.

The two star receivers almost wound up on the same sideline as teammates.

Fuller verbally committed to Oklahoma in high school, but went to Texas A&M after coach Mike Sherman was hired with the Aggies.

So instead of combining for what could have been the most potent receiving duo in the country, the two will lead their respective high-powered offenses in a matchup the Sooners need to win to stay in contention in the Big 12 South race.


Broyles is second in the nation in yards receiving with 1,018 yards and Fuller ranks ninth with 858 yards. Fuller has 11 touchdowns this season and Broyles has eight.

Broyles feels like the Sooners offense is still a work in progress.

“We’re showing great promise,” he said. “This late in the season, we’re still clicking. We still have a lot of work to do. We haven’t played our best football yet.”

The Sooners are averaging more than 326 yards passing a game, which ranks fifth in the nation. It’s a statistic that led to Bob Stoops being asked about the chemistry between Broyles and quarterback Landry Jones.

“It’s probably fair to say that Ryan can have good chemistry with anyone that can throw the ball,” Stoops said. “He just has a way of beating them. He’s just so quick, fast, such a good route runner, he has all of it. And then he has the hands to go with it and the body control to go after the ball. He’s an obvious attraction for Landry.”

The same could be said for Fuller, who has fueled A&M’s passing attack. The Aggies (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) are averaging 322 yards passing a game to rank right behind the Sooners (7-1, 3-1).

Fuller was key in helping A&M transition from senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson to Ryan Tannehill in last week’s 45-27 win over Texas Tech. Tannehill threw two of his four touchdowns to Fuller and finished with a school-record 449 yards passing in his first career start at quarterback.

Fuller was impressed with Tannehill’s performance and his attitude in dealing with the difficult situation of Johnson’s benching.

“Ryan has been doing a good job of stepping up and being a leader,” Fuller said. “He’s like another coach on the field, giving you different pointers and telling you when the ball will get there and timing stuff out right.”

Tannehill played quarterback for about half of Texas A&M’s win over Kansas two weeks ago before playing the entire Tech game. The junior, who has played mostly receiver in his A&M career, thinks things will get easier for him now that he has some experience at quarterback.

“It’s good to get … a full game and the feel for playing a full game,” he said. “I haven’t done that since high school at the quarterback position. It definitely was exciting and fun. It was a learning experience for sure. You definitely have to take that and learn from it.”

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