This stuff can come in waves. Steve Davis never missed a start as Barry Switzer's optioneer. Then Thomas Lott, as tough a wishbone quarterback as God ever made, missed several.
Three Switzer quarterbacks suffered season-ending injuries in a four-year span (Troy Aikman '85, Jamelle Holieway '87, Charles Thompson '88).
Jason White suffered catastrophic knee injuries in back-to-back seasons, then made 25 starts in 2003 and 2004.
So you never know.
“I've taken a lot of big hits around this place,” Landry said, none bigger than that helmet-to-facemask mashing from a Hawkeye in the Insight Bowl last December.
“Never had a concussion. Never really been rolled up on. Even in high school, never missed a game, never got hurt.”
If Old Man Landry answers the call the rest of the season – knock on wood, and Stoops does, every time this subject is broached – he will finish his career with 47 straight starts.
That's a significant number in OU history. It's not 47 straight wins, but in 21st-century football, it's no small accomplishment.
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