2008 Oklahoma Football Preview: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

Burgess ShawCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2008

Preseason practice continues for the Oklahoma Sooners football team.  As they prepare for the first game, many returning starters from the wide receiver position come back, but how will they do after losing big-time receiver Malcolm Kelly?  Also, how will TE Jermaine Gresham play after a season of showcasing his skills?

Don't expect the Sooners to miss Malcolm Kelly too much.  There are a lot of receivers with experience and skill.  Quentin Chaney should be back and start this season after having an OK season, but he showed his potential with 129 yards in the Fiesta Bowl.  Manuel Johnson will be the returning starter and brings some experience back to the Sooner offense.

Juaquin Iglesias will be a returning starter and should be an impact receiver.  Expect him to step up and take some leadership for the wide receivers and the Sooner offense.

There are also some non-starters that should come into games and make some good catches.  Adron Tennell is a receiver who has made some impact in past seasons coming off the bench.  If any starters get hurt, he should be able to fill in.

Another pair of receivers that could come in and play well is Ryan Broyles and Brandon Caleb.  They should be good enough to give the starters some breaks during the game.

There is no question who will be the starter at tight end.  Jermaine Gresham won't have to split time with another tight end this year, as he showed what he could do on the playing field last year.

In 2007 he had 37 catches for 518 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Four of those TDs came in the game against Texas A&M.  Brody Eldridge backs him up and could make some impact too.  This should be a good position for the Sooners.

The WRs should be good and make catches for the Sooners.  These should open up the running game and allow for even bigger plays in the air.  Expect to see the passing offense that everyone saw in 2007 with Sam Bradford and his receivers/tight ends returning.