“I think there's some always good fortune with it,” Stoops said. “Sam's as tough as they come, and he didn't have the good fortune.”
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.
Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.