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 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

But what about the two sacks on backup quarterback Blake Bell? Not much point to run the Belldozer when Bell couldn't even get to third-and-short because he lost yards when teammates missed their blocks.

Yes, by the time Bell was in, a lot of the backups were playing, but when does coach Bob Stoops say enough is enough? The backups can't take that much of a drop-off — or can they? After all, the lack of o-line experience has already proven itself early in the season.

Yet Josh Heupel, Oklahoma's co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, talked about the quarterback understanding protection and throwing the ball away.

Offensive lineman Adam Shead said he wasn't concerned with anything major from the line. But, Shead stated that as for the sacks, everybody needs to “get on the same page.”

For center Ikard, that page includes the stats line for sacks. Ikard does not want to see that number inflate drastically in the coming games.

“There's no excuse us giving up that many hits on the quarterback in two games,” Ikard said. “That's just inexcusable.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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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