When you're ranked as one of the top 10 receivers in the nation, you're expected to come up with big plays every time you step on the field. The good news for Irving, Texas, four-star receiver Adron Tennell is that he delivered against Keller Fossil Ridge on Friday night. The Oklahoma Sooner commitment had five catches for 90 yards.
One of those receptions for a 38-yard touchdown strike, but he also starred on special teams with a 94-yard touchdown on a kickoff return.
"It just felt good to get back out there and make big plays," Tennell said. "The touchdown catch was on a post route. The defensive back was close to me, but the quarterback threw it right over my shoulder, and I made the catch."
So what about the kickoff return?
"They weren't kicking to me all game long," Tennell, who is 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, said. "So I asked Jamaal Evans to switch with me. We flipped positions and they ended up kicking to me.
"Jamaal laid a killer block for me, and then I just took off. I got tripped up right at the end, but I was able to get still get into the end zone."
Irving scored with 10 seconds left to win the game, and it was a victory Tennell relishes.
"A lot of people were down on the sidelines and people were starting to get depressed," he said. "But we kept believing in ourselves out there on the field, so we made it happen."
Tennell said he did get to briefly watch some of Oklahoma's season-opening loss to TCU. He used words like "shock" and "surprised" to describe his reaction.
"I still can't believe it," he said. "I know they were working in those quarterbacks and they were going to need some time to adjust. I just know when I get up there, I'm going to do everything I can to make a big play and not let that happen."
Tennell and his teammates face Arlington Seguin in the second game of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.