OU football notebook: Experienced players struggle

Published: September 7, 2009
Experienced players struggle
Most of the questions about Oklahoma’s success were directed toward the offensive line entering the season. But when those questions were validated, it wasn’t the younger, less experienced players who made the most costly mistakes. Junior Cory Brandon had appeared in 17 games for the Sooners but was flagged five times on Saturday (a sixth penalty was declined). More shocking to offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was that the mistakes were mental, rather than in execution.

"I am very surprised. Our preparation, the way these kids have worked… To transfer from where we came off the field Thursday where our coaches said, ‘Man, that was one of the best practices we’ve had in a while,’” Wilson said. "I thought camp was great. And to play that way is not expected. It’s unacceptable.”

Wilson also noted that other mistakes, namely DeMarco Murray’s two fumbles, troubled him because they came from players who should not be making the mistakes they did this late in their careers.

Several reports of Oklahoma’s loss were critical of redshirt freshman Landry Jones’ performance in the wake of Sam Bradford’s injury in the second quarter. One report explicitly called his night "mediocre.” Wilson strongly disagreed with that assessment, and said when Jones did struggle, it was the offense’s fault for putting him in unmanageable situations.


Experienced players struggle

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