Broyles, Carter set to start for Sooners

October, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops got a good piece of news this afternoon when he learned that his top wide receiver Ryan Broyles and safety Quinton Carter both will be in the starting lineup for the Sooners against Texas.

The return of Broyles, who sustained a broken shoulder blade against Miami on Oct. 3, will change how the Sooners play offense. Sam Bradford now will have his top vertical receiving threat back in the lineup. In four games, Broyles leads Oklahoma with 23 receptions and 346 yards.

How important is Broyles to the Sooners’ deep passing game? Even though he’s missed almost all of Oklahoma’s last two games, Broyles still is tied for the national lead in touchdown receptions with seven. He's also by far the Sooners' most consistent receiver.

And Carter, who sustained an injury to his left knee against Baylor, will add some pop to Oklahoma’s secondary. That group is considered the Sooners’ biggest defensive weakness and will be tested by Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and hot receivers like Jordan Shipley and Dan Buckner.

Both players have practiced this week and have looked good in their preparations. The underdog Sooners can use both of them if they hope to spring an upset tomorrow at the Cotton Bowl.

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