Landry Jones isn't worried about OU's shaky opener

OU football notebook: Quarterback happy to get a win against Utah State
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 8, 2010 at 9:17 am •  Published: September 7, 2010

After replacing the injured Sam Bradford, Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Landry Jones played well in all five home games last season. But in the 2010 opener against Utah State, Jones completed only 47.2 percent of his passes, threw two interceptions and looked rattled at times.

"I'm not too worried about pass percentage or how many completions I have," Jones said after Tuesday's practice. "I'm happy we got out of there with a win. Obviously, I'd like to play better, but we won the game and that's what we came out to do."

Asked why he didn't play well, Jones responded: "Just didn't. Didn't come out and play the way I'm capable of playing. It happens sometimes."

Wilson: Cut it loose

Coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson stressed before Monday's practice that the offense played tentatively in the opener.

"When they turn on the lights and cameras, we've got too many guys that worry about making a mistake," Wilson said. "Learn how to cut it loose, how to play with an edge — maintain some intelligence and be smart — but quit trying to be perfect, quit worrying about screwing up.

"Pin your ears back, fly around and look like how an Oklahoma team looks instead of playing tentatively."

Stoops said: "They're trying to play too smart. You cannot play this game cautiously. You have to play recklessly (but disciplined)."

Pressure on Ponder

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder isn't as shifty as Utah State's Diondre Borel. Ponder, though, can move around the pocket and has a veteran offensive line with five starters returning. Applying pressure will be pivotal. Give Ponder too much time and he can pick apart a defense.

"He gets the ball out of his hand really fast," said OU linebacker Travis Lewis. "He's like Sam (Bradford) in the fact he's really smart. He knows where to go with the ball really quick. You don't get a lot of sacks on that guy."

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