Oklahoma football: UTEP quarterback hopes to outshine Landry Jones in opener

Nick Lamaison said: “I've seen him (Jones) play, and he's a great player and I have a lot of respect for him.”
by Berry Tramel and Michael Baldwin and Jason Kersey and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 27, 2012

Saunders led Fresno State in receiving last season as a sophomore with 50 catches, 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns while earning All-WAC honors.

If Saunders becomes eligible, OU will have gone in three months from having one active wide receiver with a one career Division I catch, Kenny Stills, to having three of them — Saunders, Stills and Penn State transfer Justin Brown.

As for transfer and former Arizona defensive back Cortez Johnson, he will not play this season. He will return in 2013 as a redshirt sophomore.

Lose helmet, lose yards

The new helmet rule in college football puts a 15-yard penalty against any team whose player loses his helmet and continues in the flow of the game. In other words, lose your helmet, remove yourself from the action.

The rule is in response to two factors: 1) the increasing fear of concussions; and 2) the propensity for players to lose their helmets these days. A generation ago, it was rare to see a helmet fly off. Now, it's common.

Stoops said Monday his staff has been prepping for the new rule, “really since the rule came out. Spring, summer, anyone whose helmet came off in practice, we made a note of it. Managers were checking it. How, why, figure out if something's wrong with it. Been very diligent.”

JUCO TE SANDLAND STILL WITH NO DECISION

Junior college tight end Beau Sandland made his second visit to Norman this weekend. Sandland didn't make a decision and will look at all his options before he declares.

There are currently six tight ends on the OU roster.

“It was alarming, at first, looking at their signing class,” Sandland told Sooner Nation. “The more guys they sign, the more competition there is. But they have a couple of high school kids who are really young and inexperienced.”

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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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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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
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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