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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sooners lose No. 3 receiver

By David Ubben

Receiver Dejuan Miller will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus, the school announced on Thursday.

The loss definitely hurts Oklahoma, but it's not a major blow. Miller has played well in his past three games, catching 10 passes for 137 yards, but like everyone in the Sooners' receiving corps not named Ryan Broyles, inconsistency has marked his career.

Miller's definitely capable of making big plays, but so is his replacement, Cameron Kenney, whose production and playing time in recent weeks has slowed with Miller's play, as Miller's did last year when Kenney played his best football early in the season.

Neither player has a 100-yard receiving game in their career, but in the toughest game Oklahoma played last year without Broyles, a road game at Miami, it was Kenney who emerged, catching six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in the 21-20 loss.

The one thing Miller has that the Sooners can't replace is his size. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is a tough cover for any cornerback, but also has just one career touchdown catch.

The No. 1 Sooners would be better off with Miller on the team when it travels to face No. 11 Missouri, but now it's Kenney's opportunity to make a few plays behind Broyles and Oklahoma's No. 2 receiver, freshman Kenny Stills.