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Oklahoma football: Steelers' Landry Jones weighs in on OU quarterback situation, working with Ben Roethlisberger

The record-setting former Sooner chatted with The Oklahoman about several topics, including the NFL life, OU's new offensive system and his “terrible” first play as a pro quarterback in the preseason.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 5, 2013

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Obviously I want to play, and obviously I want to go in there and start. But that's not how the reality of things is right now. It has been a little bit of an adjustment, but now we've gotten into a rhythm of everything. Just trying to figure everything out, what we want to do and how to really help the Pittsburgh Steelers win a football game.

What's it like working under a veteran like Ben Roethlisberger, who has had so much success?

Ben's a great guy. He's helped me out a lot, been really supportive. Now hopefully I can help him out on the sideline and support him like he did me during the preseason. I'm really lucky to be part of that organization.

People often make comparisons between Ben and Blake Bell because of their size and mobility. Do you see those similarities?

Yeah, both are big guys, hard to take down. Gonna make a lot of plays with their feet. I think Blake's a little different than Ben is, but there are a lot of similarities in their game.

Watching from afar, have you been surprised by how Oklahoma's quarterback situation has shaken out?

You know, I wasn't really too surprised that Trevor won the job. He's a really athletic guy, and the way the offense was going and the way they were shaping it, I wasn't really too surprised about it. But whenever Blake went in, you know, he's similar to what Trevor is and this offense suits him really well, too. It's made for a guy who can run around and make plays with his legs. I think the quarterback run game has really turned this offense around.

Is it weird watching OU quarterbacks run around like that?

It's just totally different than what me and Sam (Bradford) were running. But I think it's for the best, just the way the recruiting classes have gone and the way the offense is run now, being a spread offense and spreading the field out. I think they're gonna do a great job with it.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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