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Jason White, Mark Clayton recall their glory days with OU football

BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, Modified: June 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm •  Published: June 23, 2011

With so many connections, it would be hard for the tandem to pick a favorite touchdown. But they tried anyway.

“We were playing Texas and I threw a little out-route,” White said. “Mark catches, breaks about 10 tackles and turns it into a 70-yard touchdown. Easy throw for me and look at the stats I get. But that is the kind of stuff he did.”

Clayton clearly remembered that play, but had another favorite on his mind.

“It was a slant route against A&M and I was covered well,” Clayton said. “He just threw it and trusted me; he might have even had his eyes closed, but it turned into a touchdown.

“We had a lot of plays like that, where it wasn't like we practiced them, we just made it work.”

It is the same type of plays Sooner fans witnessed last season, as a new combination is making an imprint in the record books — current OU stars Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles.

Jones put up 4,718 passing yards, just two shy of Sam Bradford's school record, to go along with 38 touchdowns. With the school's career record in both categories well within striking distance this season, some people are thinking Heisman.

“I think Landry has the tools to (get a Heisman),” White said. “He has the team to do it, so it is just a matter of everything falling into place.”

As far as Broyles goes, his breakout 2010 season already puts him at the top of OU's career list in receptions, yards and touchdowns. The person he eclipsed on all three? Clayton.

“I talk to Ryan on (a regular basis),” Clayton said. “He is a lot stronger than me when I played there and I like what they are doing. It's a special connection.”

And one that Clayton is familiar with.


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