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

When UTEP quarterback Nick Lamaison was asked last month who would be the best quarterback on the field in the Miners opener against OU, Lamaison gave Landry Jones his deserved respect, but then said he hoped to be the most impressive signal-caller in El Paso.

“I've seen him play, and he's a great player and I have a lot of respect for him, but Sept 1, if he's the guy, or whatever quarterbacks come into a game, you always want to outperform the other guy,” Lamaison said.

Through a bit of overhype, the harmless quote made its way to Norman on Monday afternoon, becoming a talking point at the weekly press conference. But the mini-controversy was quickly squashed, because Jones gave the most- Jones-type answer he could have when asked about it.

“I heard it today,” Jones said, before being pressed further. “I'm going to go out there and play Oklahoma football.”

WHALEY LOOKS LIKE OLD WHALEY

Bob Stoops said he expects former walk-on running back Dominique Whaley to pick up where he left off last season before he suffered a broken ankle against Kansas State.

Stoops was asked Monday during the Big 12 teleconference if Whaley can repeat his 627 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, essentially in six games, before he was lost on the first offensive series in Manhattan.

“I really think so,” Stoops said. “In my mind, he looks to be back to what Dom always was, that's explosive, strong, fast. Whether he's 100 percent or not, maybe only he and the good Lord really know.”

STOOPS HIGH ON DAMIEN WILLIAMS

You haven't heard much about OU tailback Damien Williams. But Stoops said Monday that “Williams has really been impressive and will definitely get a bunch of snaps.”

Williams, a junior college transfer from Arizona Western, is listed as the co-backup tailback, along with Brennan Clay. He was a first-team juco All-American last season, when he rushed for 1,931 yards and 26 touchdowns.

SAUNDERS LEARNS 2012 FATE TUESDAY

Stoops said he expects to know Tuesday the result of Jalen Saunders' waiver request to the NCAA for immediate eligibility.


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 Oklahoman,...
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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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