May 8, 2012

Saunders Finds the Right Mix in Norman



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It seems that in the day and age of young players getting onto the field the almost inevitable reaction is for a growing number of transfers by players either beaten out by younger talent or simply in search of more playing time.

Then you have a player like former Fresno State star Jalen Saunders. On April 10 word got out that the All-WAC performer would be leaving the Bulldogs program with apparent issues with the offensive scheme not fitting his offensive strengths.

Strengths that saw him accumulate 50-receptions for 1,065-yards and 12-touchdowns on the year. But in spite of all of this the Bulldogs new coaching staff, led by former Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim Deruyter wanted to take the offense in a different direction.

After the conclusion of Fresno State's spring practice Saunders decided he needed to have a look around and see what was out there. And during his weekend visit to Norman, the Sooners won him over toward making a serious move east.

"Well you know I went to spring ball and everything, we brought in a new offensive coordinator, our offense switched up a little bit. It had been more pro-style, three and four wide receiver sets. The way I was utilized in the offense is similar to what I'll be doing at Oklahoma," Saunders explained.

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