think that was the outcome the other day as well. Our doctors through all the MRIs and everything visited with many, many people in regards to it, including Dr. Andrews.”
Stoops said Jones starting the past two games will be extremely beneficial for Jones, who is projected to take over in 2010 when most expect Bradford to leave early and play in the NFL.
“It can only help him,” Stoops said. “Not only the reps in practice but for sure the time on the field and handling the stress of it all. He’s dealt with it great, in particular last week in good conditions against a good Tulsa team that’s been winning a bunch of other games. He handled it as well as you could expect.”
Miami moved up to No. 9 in last week’s national poll but fell to No. 17 after being blown out 31-7 by Virginia Tech.
Stoops said the Hurricanes have explosive, talented players capable of making big plays on both sides of the ball and playing last week’s game in a downpour was a factor.
“There were circumstances definitely in that game that were more challenging for them,” Stoops said. “It’s difficult anytime you’re playing in a monsoon. But I don’t know if you can throw the whole (result) out. There were issues on both sides of the ball you watch and pay attention to.”
Stoops was asked if he felt Miami’s loss last week will give the Hurricanes additional motivation.
“I’m not so sure we wouldn’t have seen a determined team if they were undefeated, too,” Stoops said. “In the end, they’re a prideful program that has had a lot of success through the years. They’ve got good players, good coaches. They were going to play determined no matter what.”
Since Miami has switched three coordinators Stoops said he and his staff can’t use much input from the game two years ago in Norman to prepare for Saturday’s rematch.
“Players are different. Some have graduated,” Stoops said. “We’re different. In the end that’s a while ago.”