OU football notebook

Oklahoman Published: April 5, 2009
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Heisman winner Sam Bradford made great strides during the spring of his redshirt freshman season.

So far, it appears quarterback Landry Jones is doing the same.

"I think Landry is playing really well right now,” Bradford said. "I think it’s night and day from what he was doing in the fall to how he’s playing right now.

"If you guys watched him play he could probably be starting at a lot of places.”

Jones will be OU’s No. 2 quarterback next season.

Broyles working outside
Don’t expect Ryan Broyles to come off the field much next season.

Broyles is currently working in the slot and at wide receiver. His normal position will be in the slot. But when OU goes with power sets that feature only one or two wide receivers, Broyles will swing to the outside.

"I just don’t think Broyles can come off the field like he did last year,” said wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. "He can’t come off because he’s one of our most dynamic guys, so if we have two running backs on the field, then he can’t afford to be on the sidelines. He’s got to play outside for us.

"Ryan’s capable of doing that and he can be on the field when we have two backs or two tight ends. He’s got to do that. He’s capable of it.”

Broyles, who caught 46 passes for 687 yards and six touchdowns in 2008, should see more passes downfield in single coverage with his new role, which should lead to even more big plays for the rising sophomore.

"It’s always one-on-one, most of the time,” Broyles said. "Definitely an opportunity for big plays.”

Lepak a pleasant surprise
OU has several new faces on its offensive line, thanks to the departure of four starters.

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