NCAA clears OU's Jalen Saunders to play

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Updated: 10/10/2012 7:37 pm Published: 10/10/2012 7:35 pm

NORMAN, Okla. – OU head coach Bob Stoops announced on Wednesday that WR Jalen Saunders has been cleared to play by the NCAA as his eligibility appeal was approved.

"He's played a lot of football and played it well,” Stoops said. “We're hopeful that he will be able to play (on Saturday). He's quick, got a great sense of space and the ability to get open."

The 5-9, 160-pound wide receiver registered the ninth 1,000-yard receiving season in Fresno State history in 2011 as he finished the year with 1,065 receiving yards on 50 receptions. Saunders' 21.4 yards-per-catch average was second nationally as he caught 10 passes that were 44 yards or longer and led the WAC with 12 touchdown receptions. Six of Saunders' 12 touchdown receptions covered 50 yards or longer as the Elk Grove, Calif., native had five games with at least 100 yards receiving.

Saunders was also Fresno State's second-leading rusher in 2011, finishing the season with 91 yards on eight carries as he reached the end zone with either a receiving or rushing touchdown in 10 of 13 games.

Saunders was third on Fresno State's team in receiving as a freshman in 2010 with 27 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns. His first year of collegiate action also saw him finish with 109 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Story courtesy of OU media relations.

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