Oklahoma football: Sooners' offensive line needs to protect Landry Jones better

OU has allowed six sacks through two games. In 2011, it gave up 11 sacks in 13 games.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Staff Writer skuzydym@opubco.com Published: September 16, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones (12) tries to get away from the pressure of the UTEP defense during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas El Paso Miners (UTEP) at Sun Bowl Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in El Paso, Texas.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones (12) tries to get away from the pressure of the UTEP defense during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas El Paso Miners (UTEP) at Sun Bowl Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — While the defensive backs are wondering about safety Tony Jefferson's ankle, running back Roy Finch is wondering about playing time and the media is wondering about defensive tackle Casey Walker, center Gabe Ikard is wondering about a statistic: Why the heck is the Sooners' sack number so high?

In 2011, the offensive line gave up 11 sacks in 13 games.

In 2012, the offensive line has given up six sacks in its first two games.

Sure, there are the careers that ended before the season started, players who walked away from the team, the shuffle of new players and old, and, well, just a basic lack of experience. Still, isn't the basic goal as an offensive lineman twofold? 1. Block your man. 2. Don't let that man touch your quarterback.

No wonder quarterback Landry Jones has raked in 101 yards less than this time last year (474 yards this season compared to 575 yards last). If the fourth-year starter isn't handing the ball off to Damien Williams, he's possibly lying on the turf.

During a rout of Florida A&M on Sept. 8, Jones scrambled from one attacking defender only to turn and run straight into another.

“It was kind of a corner flat read,” Jones said. “I didn't feel like either one of them were open, so I was going to try to escape and make a play. I turned around and he (the defender) happened to be there. There's not much I can do at that point, so I kind of just took the hit and took the sack right there.”

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