“You think about it and you can go ‘What if?' all you want but that game is behind us now,” Jones said. “Yes, it still does hurt but we're going to move on from it and we're playing ball now.”
KELLY: SAFETIES AT OU ARE ‘FREE TO PLAY'
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly sent an interesting message to young safeties around the country during his Tuesday news conference when he was asked about Oklahoma junior Tony Jefferson.
“I think if you're out there — and I hate to give any recruiting advantages — you want to play safety at Oklahoma because those guys are free to play,” Kelly said.
“They play a lot of man coverage, so the safeties are free to come down and support the run. It's part of what their defensive philosophy is, so he's all over the place.”
Jefferson is the Sooners' leading tackler so far this season with 48. He spent much of his first two seasons at OU as a nickelback, but was moved to free safety between his sophomore and junior seasons.
EYE ON NO. 5
Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o is having such an excellent senior season that he's getting Heisman buzz, rare for a defensive player.
Only one player in the history of the Heisman Trophy has won it playing primarily on defense — Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997.
Te'o leads the Irish's stout defense with 69 tackles; he's also picked off four passes and recovered two fumbles.
“Gotta get a hat on 5,” said OU offensive line coach James Patton, referencing Te'o jersey number.
“That's for sure. No. 5, boy, he's a downhill play. He's just making plays all over the field. He's got great instincts. He uses his eyes really well.
“If you don't account for him, he'll light it up and have a bunch of tackles. It'll be a great challenge.”