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OU football: Five players to watch in the Insight Bowl

The Sooners' game against Iowa in the Insight Bowl could be especially important for players like Javon Harris and Kameel Jackson.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Published: December 15, 2011

It seems, for whatever reasons, that Jefferson hasn't been as close to the ball as he was early in the season. Maybe that's intentional, on the other teams' parts. Maybe it's a product of Jefferson playing through a balky knee issue.

Maybe it's something he's done. Maybe it's all of that, combined.

Jefferson could be a junior captain next season for a defense desperately seeking leaders. A strong statement in 'Zona wouldn't hurt.

Landry Jones

Junior quarterback

This might seem like an odd, or perhaps obvious, inclusion, but this an intriguing game for Jones. Scouts have noted that Jones hasn't thrown for a touchdown in three games, since losing Broyles. Surely the smart ones realize a lot of that has been Blake Bell's influence near the goal line, but there's still a show-me-something quality to this game for Jones where the NFL is concerned.

Not that the League is or should be his motivation, but it has to be some sort of consideration, doesn't it? Jones has had a good season. A nice bowl showing wouldn't make or break his season, personally, but it could give teams something to think about heading into the Combine. Feels 50-50 right now whether Jones returns for his senior season. Could something, one way or the other, in the bowl shift those odds?

Trey Millard

Sophomore jack-of-all-trades

Maybe a good sidebar to the Insight Bowl would be seeing how many snaps Millard gets against Iowa — and at what positions.

You might recall Bob Stoops getting onto Josh Heupel in last year's bowl game, imploring Heupel, the newly ordained play-caller, to find more ways to use Millard. With the running back position depleted, and the tight end position about to be obliterated, why not get him more time at those spots in the bowl?

Give him the ball 10 times, see what happens. Line him up at H-back and tight end more often, see what happens. What do the Sooners have to lose?