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Oklahoma freshman linebacker Corey Nelson making the most of his playing time

OU football notebook: Freshman linebacker Corey Nelson played only 11 plays against Missouri, and made five tackles.
By MIKE BALDWIN, Modified: October 28, 2010 at 9:11 am •  Published: October 27, 2010

Freshman linebacker Corey Nelson made the most of limited playing time against Missouri. Nelson played just 11 snaps but recorded five tackles.

"What's not to like about that?" said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "That being said you have to find different ways where he can help because he's at (weakside linebacker) where he plays behind another really good player (Travis Lewis)."

Nelson was inserted when OU went to a 3-4 package, primarily playing a rush end role similar to Ronnell Lewis, who is sidelined with a sprained knee.

"We love his attitude and how quickly he picks things up," Venables said. "He's a playmaker. He's quick, athletic and explosive and has good instincts."


Quarterback Landry Jones threw two interceptions at Missouri. On his first interception, Jones said he should have thrown the ball away instead of trying to lob it over defensive end Aldon Smith. His second interception was tipped at the line before being picked off near the sideline.

"Up until that game I took care of the ball pretty well and didn't throw too many interceptions," Jones said. "I feel I made most of my reads right (before Missouri). I kind of let down the team, not playing the way I'm capable of, putting us in bad situations on some routes and missed some things."

Jones was 0-of-7 passing in the fourth quarter. But offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and coach Bob Stoops said it would be unfair to place the offense's late-game struggles on Jones.

"Much of the time success and failure isn't all that guy," Stoops said. "I've been saying all along he's done well when he's supported better. Better protection, running the football, guys making key catches. All of that together is part of it."


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