Oklahoma football: The Belldozer in reverse

Berry Tramel: 35 years ago, Thomas Lott would come out of a game so Dean Blevins could throw a timely pass. Now, Landry Jones exits so Blake Bell can burst through the line.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 14, 2012

“It eats at you. I don't care whether you're 22 or 56. It gnaws at you.”

But Blevins said it never affected his relationship with Lott or the team.

“It went pretty easy in terms of Thomas and me,” Blevins said. “You play a role. You're not just a backup quarterback waiting for a guy to get hurt.

“There was never one bit of friction. That's critical. You cannot have internal friction.

“Blake's different. He's looking forward to trying to win that job.”

No dissension appeared to plague the 2011 Sooners, thanks in part to Jones' professionalism. And there is no reason for the 2012 Sooners to develop friction. Jones clearly is the quarterback.

“When it comes to OU, it shouldn't be a problem,” Lott said. “Landry's the quarterback. Anybody even thinking about Bell as the starter needs to reconsider what they know about football.”

But that doesn't mean Jones is fine with being pulled when the Sooners face 3rd-and-2 or get near the goal line.

“I really didn't appreciate being on the sideline,” Lott said. “I wanted to help my team.

“As a competitor, you'd like to be able to do it all. But when you have special plays for people …

“That's never an ideal situation, when a guy has to be taken out for certain things. You just don't want it to turn into a distraction.”

It hasn't and it shouldn't for the Sooners. Thanks to the way Landry Jones acts, not the way he feels.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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