The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
On the criticism Landry Jones gets, where he falls in the best QB's of the Stoops era and why, and on what his productivity will be like in 2012:
I think some of the criticism is deserved; he did really struggle without Broyles last year. But I also think some of it is unnecessarily harsh. He's still a record setting quarterback, and he's won some big games. He's got a lot to prove this year. I think he ranks in the group right under Bradford, White and Heupel. Right there with Nate Hybl, another guy who I think was unfairly criticized in a particularly harsh way.
He'll have a good year, but a lot of it will depend on how quickly he gets in step with all the new receivers. I think he's good enough to get there.
After reading the article you wrote about Geneo Grissom, why doesn't OU try him out on both side of the ball?
That's certainly a possibility. Obviously we won't know anything for sure until practices start but I think there's a solid chance we haven't seen the end of Grissom at defensive end. Two-way guys have been pretty rare, though, and under Stoops, I'm having trouble thinking of too many guys that he's used both ways at the same time.
On which new receiver(s) (not named Metoyer) will have the biggest impact next season, and why? (Including running backs and tight ends as necessary.)
The obvious answer is the only guy with experience, Kenny Stills. But outside of him, I think you've gotta look at juco transfer Courtney Gardner. He's a big, physical guy and a downfield threat who could make an immediate impact. I also think Sterling Shepard could immediately contribute as a true freshman in a slot role. The word is that he's really been impressive this summer. I know from watching him in high school last year how great a talent he is, but there's obviously a giant difference between playing Oklahoma 3A football and Big 12 football. He's got great hands, he's fast and he's very, very smart. He's also as motivated as anyone could be to succeed in Norman because of his family history at OU.