OU's Bob Stoops: No offensive line spot safe

By David Ubben, Staff Writer, dubben@opubco.

By David Ubben - Staff Writer Modified: September 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm •  Published: September 15, 2009
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NORMAN—The five starters on the offensive line have shifted since the beginning of camp, and will continue doing so.

“It'll be wide open, we're too early into it for anyone to have earned anything too much,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.

In the Sooners' 64-0 win over Idaho State, if a combination of five starters didn't score, they didn't return to the field. Some would be moved, others benched. The only players Stoops singled out for their play were left tackle Trent Williams and tight end/center Brody Eldridge. Stoops was also impressed with center Ben Habern's snapping performance in Saturday's downpour.

But finding a consistent starting five is not a priority.

“I'd like for there to be eight up front you count on and you like when they're in there, and they're playing the way you want them to,” Stoops said. “I'd love for 10, but I'll settle for eight.

On Landry Jones:

“Landry, in this short period of time, could not have handled himself better with everybody. With dealing with the pressure of it all, to his chemistry with the team to everything. He's handled it as well as you could. And even in the game, just not making mistakes and playing efficiently. The other night he has a heck of a night and he had probably four or five drops that were legitimate drops.