Oklahoma football: Allowed sacks not just responsibility of Sooners' offensive line

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 20, 2012

“And Blake (Bell) has a sack late in the game and he's reading the wrong plays and signal calling. So everyone else is run blocking and he's back there trying to throw, so that doesn't work real well.”

Heupel also took responsibility for one of the sacks on Jones.

“Protection wasn't good against the blitz that we saw,” Heupel said. “Sacks are 11 guys. It's wideouts beating coverage. It's offensive line being sound in their protection fundamentally and scheme wise. It's quarterbacks knowing when to get rid of the football. You're fighting for that every day.”

Do all that and guys don't have to worry about yelling at their QB when a guy slips through. Most of the time, it's too late to shout something anyway.

The next thing for an offensive lineman to do? Pick up the quarterback.

“Ahhh, sorry,” Shead said as he brushed off an imaginary Landry Jones.

After clearing the imaginary grass from the imaginary jersey of the imaginary quarterback, Shead smiled at himself before getting serious again.

“Then you go back to playing,” Shead said. “You've got to forget about it and go on back to the next play.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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