Jason Kersey: Power Lunch Chat transcript, September 5, 2012

The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Modified: September 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm •  Published: September 5, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Below is a complete transcript of the chat. 

Do you see a need for panic after the performance of the Sooners against UTEP?

Panic? That depends on what the expectations were for this season. If you thought this was a national championship caliber team, then yes I'd say so.

However, I think they are still capable of winning the Big 12 if things fall into the right place. They've struggled in openers vs. mid majors before, so it isn't like this is unprecedented

Do you see a need for the veteran guys to come back or do you think OU is ok with the players  they have? Do you see OU using more of the up-tempo against Florida A&M?

As far as receivers go, no I see no urgent need for Jaz Reynolds to return right now. The receivers OU has, even though they may have been disappointing Saturday, are talented enough that they will be fine. On the defensive line, though, yes they need Casey Walker and Stacy McGee back. And I think they will turn the tempo up offensively this week.

Who do you have in the Georgia-Mizzou game?

Georgia, and I haven't nailed down a score yet

Is Roy Finch in Bob Stoops’ doghouse or is it a case of not performing in practice? It’s not a question of talent.

No, you're right he certainly is talented. I think he isn't doing some of the things in practice he needs to do to earn that playing time, but I also just think he is the victim of something that happens: other people are just better. Stills and Shepard in the slot, and Whaley and Williams in the backfield

With Stoops barking at the media, and all the suspensions and defections this last year, do you think Bob is enjoying the rigors of coaching as much? Do you see him quitting any time soon? He constantly says that he isn't going to do this forever.

Well he has never been particularly cheerful with the media, so I wouldn't take that as a sign of anything. No, I don't see any sign of that. I guess anything is possible, but I do think he will be coach at OU for a while longer. I just don't see him going anywhere anytime soon

What can be done about the O line?

I think the o line needs more experience and more time working together. I have no idea if this is a group that is capable of greatness, but I do think they can play better than they did. After rewatching the game, I have toned down some of my criticism of the line. I still don't think Landry was even close to being the biggest problem but he probably could've gotten some of those passes off quicker. The line showed some good ability Saturday so we will just have to see

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