OU football notebook: Landry Jones only plays one series; Jaz Reynolds provides highlight play
Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones wasn't expected to play much in Saturday's spring game, and he didn't. Jones was pulled after the game's opening drive, which took over seven minutes off the clock.
Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones wasn't expected to play much in Saturday's spring game, and he didn't. Jones was pulled after the game's opening drive, which took over seven minutes off the clock. The drive stalled at the 9-yard line, ending with a field goal.
Videoview all videos
Apr 14Sure it was only a scrimmage in April, but freshman...
Apr 14Jenni Carlson and Mike Baldwin talk about the return of...
Photoview all 32 photos
NewsOK Related Articles
“I didn't know how much I would play coming in,” Jones said. “After that first series, I figured I wouldn't be going in too much today.”
Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said because the first drive took so much time off the clock, coaches decided to let backups Blake Bell and Drew Allen get the bulk of snaps. Fourth-team QB Kendal Thompson played three series in the second half.
Jones completed 4 of 8 pass attempts for 23 yards.
Reynolds provides highlight play
Jaz Reynolds' 60-yard touchdown catch from Bell was the highlight play of the day. Bell scrambled out of the pocket and found Reynolds, who was one step behind strong safety Javon Harris.
After the score, Reynolds leapt up and dunked the football over the cross bar. He was flagged for a 15-yard penalty.
“Coach knows I wouldn't do that in a game,” Reynolds said. “I do it every day in practice. This was the spring game. We were playing against each other. There wasn't a championship on the line. I knew (the flag) was coming.”
Punt returns a concern?
OU punt returners were shaky.
Kenny Stills, projected to be OU's primary punt returner, fumbled one punt when he attempted a fair catch, the ball deflecting off his leg. Stills also failed to catch another punt that bounced an additional 20 yards.
“Some of them were booming punts, windy,” said coach Bob Stoops. “I said on one of them: ‘Roy (Finch) is in trouble on this one and should just let it go.' You do appreciate Ryan Broyles in how well he fielded those. We have great faith in Kenny but we wanted to see the other guys a little bit.”
Finch and Brennan Clay also were used on punt returns. Finch had one punt go through his arms but made a nice catch on another windblown punt.
Wind a big test for kickers
Sophomore kicker Michael Hunnicutt, who was 21 of 24 on field goals last season, hit three field goals, including an impressive 40-yarder into a stiff southerly breeze. Hunnicutt, though, missed a 35-yard PAT following Reynolds' penalty and a 45-yard field goal with the wind.
Punter Tress Way averaged 48.5 yards on eight punts, including a 69-yarder. Way, though, also had the wind knock down one punt that netted only 19 yards.
“I thought Tress punted it well,” Stoops said. “And as windy as it was Michael still hit it well.”
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
- 19121Oklahoma weather: Crews work to clear storm damage in Oklahoma City as the state braces for severe weather Sunday.
- 7589OKC Thunder: Thunder trio praise fans before potential departures
- 6569Oklahoma Severe Storm Updates
- 6311OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti won't amnesty Kendrick Perkins
- 5835Student shot dead during botched home invasion
- 4411Oklahoma medical examiner reports cause of deaths in Grand Lake boat crash
- 4396Oklahoma State football: Todd Monken thinks Wes Lunt should've stayed in Stillwater