Monday, July 23, 2012

Stoops: Landry Jones is Not to Blame for OU's Offensive Woes

Coach Stoops doesn't blame QB Landry Jones for the offensive woes in 2011: Bob Stoops stressed during Monday's press conference at Big 12 Media Days that Jones does not deserve the majority of the blame for the performance of the Sooner offense down the stretch.

“Everybody (said), ‘Oh, Landry struggled,'” Stoops said. “No, he didn't — the offense struggled. You had more dropped passes in the last three games, I couldn't even keep track of them. Didn't run the football as effectively as we needed to at all.

“All of that goes together. To me, it's more of an issue of the offense and the offense around him than it is him.”

Then there's the question of how many reliable weapons Jones will have to throw to.

Broyles is gone to the NFL. Three other receivers — Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson — were suspended indefinitely during the offseason for violating team rules.

Stoops called junior Kenny Stills a “mainstay” in the OU offense. He also said he has high expectations for spring standout Trey Metoyer.

After that, Stoops admits there's a lot of uncertainty.

“From there, we're going to have to see, because we're not able to work with players in the summer,” Stoops said. “And a lot of these guys are new, some of the young high school receivers we have in, and then with the addition of some junior college guys." (The Oklahoman)
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