01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 8. Oklahoma: A team that got destroyed its last time out in the Cotton Bowl by Texas A&M also lost three good underclassmen. Kenny Stills was OU's leading receiver with 82 catches for almost 1,000 yards and 11 TDs, and Tony Jefferson led the team in tackles by far with 111. Tom Wort (53 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, two FFs) also left early. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/06/2013 - Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson and wide receiver Kenny Stills, both juniors, plan to forego their remaining eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to an ESPN report. Stills is rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 14 wide receiver and a borderline top-100 selection. After 61 catches in each of his first two seasons with the Sooners, he set several career bests in 2012 with 82 receptions for 959 yards (11.7 average) and 11 touchdowns, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors.
Like Jefferson at safety, Stills isn't necessarily impressive physically with average size for the position (6-foot-1, 190 pounds). But he plays with good quickness and body control, showing the confidence to bring down any pass in his area. He has a few minor character concerns after a DUI arrest in 2011, which prompted a one-game suspension last season, but Stills is a talented pass catcher who could be taken on the draft's second day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/2013 - Scouting the Oklahoma passing game: When the going gets tough, OU throws the ball. The Sooners are averaging 341.33 yards per game through the air, fifth in the nation, but the Sooners are throwing for much more than that when required: 405 at Iowa State, 554 at West Virginia and 512 against Oklahoma State. Starting quarterback Landry Jones' 146.5 passing efficiency ranks 30th in the nation. In Kenny Stills, Jalen Saunders, Justin Brown and Sterling Shepard, Jones has four targets who have at least 500 yards receiving. - The Sports Xchange
12/24/2012 - Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills labels himself a pessimist when it comes to most things. When asked what his reaction was the evening of December 2 - when Oklahoma was squeezed out of a BCS bowl in favor of mid-major Northern Illinois - he said he wasn't too upset because he expected it. "I'm kind of one of those people that weighs on the negative side all the time, so I didn't expect to go to the Sugar Bowl," Stills said. "I felt like this was gonna happen, so I wasn't too down about it. "I was excited about going to Dallas. I love playing in JerryWorld so it's not a negative thing for us. It's a huge game for us to get to play against the Heisman Trophy winner and a great team."
He may not have expected the Sugar Bowl because of negative thoughts, but his excitement for the Cotton Bowl sounds awfully optimistic. On another subject, though - his junior season, during which he's caught 75 passes for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns - he's unquestionably pessimistic, calling his year "sub-par." "I'm my biggest critic; I always have been," Stills said. "I have high expectations for myself, and there's still too many times when I'm dropping easy balls, and kinda leaving my body out there. I definitely expect more from myself." Stills said he'll decide after the Cotton Bowl whether to enter the 2013 NFL Draft or return for his senior season. - Jason Kersey, News Oklahoma
12/24/2012 - "If you have the ability to be a first-rounder, and you go in the second, you've lost ... a significant amount of money to never get back if you could've had it, and finished your degree." Jefferson and Stills each said graduation isn't a factor, because they're both one more semester from earning degrees. The two friends' 2013 draft projections, though, are quite different; Stills admits his ceiling probably isn't as high. "Tony's a guy that, he's an All-American," Stills said. "His opportunities may be a little bigger than mine ... It's hard for us to compare what we're doing."
Stills said his parents are handling all of his NFL-related business right now. His father, Ken Stills, was an NFL safety for six seasons. "Zero," Stills responded when asked what percentage of his decision would be based on the advisory board's projection. "What they have to say is cool, but I can evaluate myself. My dad's been there. I've got a lot of people that know a lot of things."
Stoops, his assistants and NFL-curious juniors will sit down after the Cotton Bowl and assess each individual situation. He said it's tough to sway a player who's already dead set on leaving. "They generally went where they said they were gonna go," Stoops said. "They generally didn't play long and generally didn't make much money because of where they were picked." - Jason Kersey, News Oklahoma
12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, 6-1, 190, Jr., Encinitas, Calif., has been selected Second Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Oklahoma football
12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, Jr., Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon, has been selected Second Team All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Oklahoma football
11/18/2012 - Landry Jones threw six touchdown passes, including a 5-yarder to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left, to lift No. 13 Oklahoma to a wild 50-49 win over West Virginia on Saturday night. Jones finished with 554 passing yards to break his own school record. He needed a terrific game to offset the performances of West Virginia's tandem of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. The Sooners (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) couldn't hang onto a 31-17 halftime lead. West Virginia went ahead 49-44 with 2:53 left on Bailey's 40-yard TD catch, but Jones led Oklahoma 54 yards for the go-ahead score.
Austin rushed for a school-record 344 yards and set a Big 12 record with 572 all-purpose yards. Bailey had 13 catches for 205 yards and four touchdowns for West Virginia, (5-5, 2-5) which lost its fifth straight game. The teams combined for 1,440 yards. - AP Sports
11/18/2012 - WR Kenny Stills' four touchdown grabs against West Virginia bring his season total to a career-high 10. Stills, Damien Williams and Blake Bell all have 10 touchdowns this season.
10/06/2012 - Landry Jones passed for two touchdowns, Blake Bell ran for two more and No. 17 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 41-20 on Saturday, avenging the Sooners' home loss to the Red Raiders last season. The win was crucial for Oklahoma to remain in the conversation for the Big 12 title. Both of Jones' touchdown passes went for 13 yards -- one each to Justin Brown and Kenny Stills. Bell, in at quarterback, scored his touchdowns from a yard out. Javon Harris put the game out of reach midway through the third quarter when he returned an interception 46 yards for a TD to put the Sooners (3-1, 1-1) up 38-13. The Red Raiders had their worst defensive performance this year, giving up 380 total yards after coming in ranked No. 1 in the nation. Seth Doege was 22 of 36 for 203 yards and had three interceptions for Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1). The win was sweet for the Sooners, who lost 41-38 to the Red Raiders last season -- a defeat that broke Oklahoma's 39-game win streak in Norman. It was the first time the Sooners won in Lubbock since 2003. - AP Sports
09/22/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Oklahoma is averaging 544.5 yards -- 277 on the ground and 267.5 through the air. Those are fine numbers, particularly the Sooners' success on the ground. And still, it all may be ultimately meaningless, the result of OU's two opponents being UTEP and Florida A&M, a bad FBS team and a medium-good FCS team. Bright spots include Damien Williams running for 13.5 yards per carry and Kenny Stills playing like a No. 1 receiver, having already caught 16 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. The Sooners were a lot better in Week 2 than Week 1, but there's still the issue of the lack of strength of the opponent. How good is the offense really? We're about to find out. - The Sports Xchange
09/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Florida A&M at Oklahoma -- The Rattlers, a Football Championship Subdivision program, are coming off a 7-4 season and an opening-day loss to Tennessee State. The Sooners, who have dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 in both polls, are coming off a 24-7 victory over UTEP. KEYS TO THE GAME: Oklahoma wants to win the game and remain healthy along the way. It also wants to build its depth. That means not leaving the Rattlers in the game with penalties, turnovers and the same kind of mistake-prone ineffectiveness that plagued it at UTEP. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Kenny Stills -- He was a bright spot in a season opener without very many, catching six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 40-yard catch inside the five that was called back on a chop block the Sooners did not need to spring the play. Today is a chance to build still more chemistry with QB Landry Jones, who could sure use a real No. 1 receiver one season after the departure of Ryan Broyles. - The Sports Xchange
09/08/2012 - Kenny Stills, with six catches for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, was one of the few players singled out for having a big game from Bob Stoops in his Monday press conference. Maybe that's why Stills seemed to take the outrage of the fans in stride upon hearing about many who took to Twitter and other forums to express their feeling that the sky was falling. "I haven't been on Twitter. I quit going on Twitter for a week or so. I really don't know what the panic was," Stills said. "I would guess people were disappointed that we didn't put up all the points in the world. UTEP isn't a bad team. They prepared well and knew what we were going to do and they stopped us. We can't downplay that." - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2012 - WR Kenny Stills, maligned for poor production over the final five games of last season, offered a glimpse of what Sooners fans want from him in the first night of the season. Stills caught six passes for 121 yards, accounting for more than half of Landry Jones' passing yards, even as he had a 40-yard catch brought back after a Sooner was called for chop blocking.
08/30/2012 - Junior Kenny Stills' move inside to the slot receiver position was announced after Justin Brown transferred in from Penn State. Brown and true freshman Trey Metoyer are slated to start on the outside when the Sooners open their season Saturday at UTEP. But Stills said Tuesday that he had planned on moving inside anyway, especially after Metoyer's impressive performances in spring practices and the spring game. "Our slot is what makes the offense go," Stills said. "If you don't have someone with experience in there, it's gonna be a lot more confusing. "Knowing how well Trey was gonna play after the spring, I felt like I had the most experience to play in there. It would be hard to throw Sterling (Shepard) in there his very first game to just start at slot. It would be like how I was last year; it wasn't very productive. I didn't play very well." After Ryan Broyles tore his ACL last season, Stills took over the slot and struggled. He even admitted Tuesday that his personal preference would be outside, where he's shown big-play ability during his first two seasons. Shepard, a true freshman from Heritage Hall who has drawn comparisons to Broyles, now a Detroit Lion, will still see the field plenty this season, but in a reserve role for now. - Jason Kersey, News Oklahoma
07/22/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, Jr/2L,...Stills started all 11 games that he saw action in last season, earning All-Big 12 second team honors after finishing the year with 61 receptions for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. The Encinitas, Calif., native crossed the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season against Texas with his 77th career reception, becoming the second-fastest Sooner to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark behind Broyles (69 receptions). - Oklahoma football
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Kenny Stills, junior, WR, Oklahoma, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Stills started all 11 games that he saw action in last season, earning All-Big 12 second team honors after finishing the year with 61 receptions for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. The Encinitas, Calif., native crossed the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season against Texas with his 77th career reception, becoming the second-fastest Sooner to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark behind Ryan Broyles (69 receptions). - Oklahoma football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. The junior receiver appears on the preseason watch list for the award, given annually to the nation's top wide receiver, for the second consecutive season. OU has had a finalist for the award the last two years as the NCAA career receptions holder, Ryan Broyles, finished in the top three of voting for the award in 2010 and 2011. Stills started all 11 games that he saw action in last season, earning All-Big 12 second team honors after finishing the year with 61 receptions for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. The Encinitas, Calif., native crossed the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season against Texas with his 77th career reception, becoming the second-fastest Sooner to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark behind Broyles (69 receptions). In that same game, Stills became just the fourth Sooner with multiple receiving touchdowns in a game vs. Texas as he hauled in two touchdowns, one of six games he scored in. - Oklahoma football
07/10/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. WR Kenny Stills (6-1, 190)...With Ryan Broyles no longer in Norman, the spotlight will be on Stills to fill the void and step up as the Sooners' top target this fall. With the loss of Broyles and the indefinite suspensions of Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson, Stills is Oklahoma's only returning receiver from a year ago with at least one catch on his resume. He was a five-star recruit out of California and chose the Sooners over Florida. Stills started every game as a true freshman in 2010 opposite Broyles and recorded 61 catches for 786 yards and five touchdowns, all school-records for receiving by a freshman. He again finished second on the team in receiving behind Broyles last season (11 starts), matching his 61 receptions from 2010, but totaling more yards (849) and scores (8). Stills earned Second Team All-Big 12 in 2011 despite missing two games. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/10/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. WR Kenny Stills (6-1, 190)...He is a smooth athlete with the natural speed and quickness to create separation while making some acrobatic catches look easy. Stills needs to show better consistency and focus to make the easy catches, but he has good body flexibility and acceleration to catch-and-go, making plays after the grab. He also needs to answer some maturity questions after a couple off-field concerns, including a DUI arrest in 2011. Stills is considered a borderline top-100 player right now, but could move up boards with a more consistent junior season, finally out of Broyles' shadow. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, WR, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Stills enters his third season of collegiate football after hauling in 61 receptions in each of his first two seasons. In his sophomore season, Stills turned his 61 receptions into 849 yards, the 11th-best single-season mark in OU history, and eight touchdowns. Stills is one of 11 receivers on the list and one of just three Big 12 receivers on the list, joining West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Baylor's Terrance Williams. - Oklahoma football
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