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11/21/13 - WEEK 12 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma, PR, Sr, Elk Grove, Calif.,...With the Sooners trailing 10-3 against Iowa State, Jalen Saunders registered a 91-yard punt return touchdown to spark Oklahoma to 45 unanswered points and a 48-10 win. Saunders now has two career punt return TDs for OU. He ranks second in the Big 12 in punt return average (13.5). - BIG 12 football
10/26/13 - Blake Bell threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Damien Williams added two more scores as No. 17 Oklahoma outlasted No. 10 Texas Tech in a 38-30 win. Jalen Saunders added six catches for 153 yards receiving and both of Bell's touchdown passes for the Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12 Conference), who rallied after falling behind in the third quarter.
Williams finished with 97 yards rushing for Oklahoma, which forced three turnovers by the Red Raiders. The loss was the first of the season for Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1) and first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. Davis Webb finished 33-of-52 passing for 385 yards for the Red Raiders, who were led by Jace Amaro's 119 yards receiving on eight catches. Eric Ward added nine catches for 106 yards. - AP Sports
09/11/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Jalen Saunders has caught seven passes for 90 yards through two games to lead the team. If Oklahoma doesn't want Tulsa's defense to stack the box, he needs to be more of a factor, even with Bell under center. - The Sports Xchange
08/28/13 - BREAKOUT STAR: WR/PR Jalen Saunders - It's hard to call Saunders a break-out player because of his success in 2012. But he has to improve on those numbers. He has to catch everything thrown his way, however often that happens. And he has to make big plays on special teams so the offense can disguise its inadequacies. - The Sports Xchange
08/12/13 - TOP OKLAHOMA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Jalen Saunders (5-9, 165, 4.51)...After combining for 2,527 all-purpose yards over his first two years at Fresno State, Saunders decided to leave the team due to frustration with the new offense Tim DeRuyter brought to Fresno, electing to transfer to Oklahoma. After sitting out the first four games last season, the NCAA ruled him eligible to play immediately for the Sooners and Saunders finished his junior year with 62 catches for 829 yards and three scores, including season-bests against Notre Dame (15 catches for 181 yards). After playing mostly on the outside for the Bulldogs, he worked primarily in the slot last year in the Oklahoma offense as an underneath target for Landry Jones.
Saunders is short with a lean, wiry frame, but he is an exciting player to watch on tape with his explosive feet to elude and create in space after the catch. Despite a smaller-than-ideal catching radius, he has quick hands and does a nice job contorting his body to finish grabs. Saunders accelerates in a flash with excellent quickness in his breaks to be a dangerous catch-and-go target, showing natural balance and shifty moves to wiggle his way out of trouble. Although his size and skill set might limit him to the slot at the next level, don't be surprised if Saunders separates himself as the top senior receiver on some draft boards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com