OU football: Landry Jones' return must be joyous news for Bob Stoops

OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL -- He'd never do it in public, but Bob Stoops probably went home and danced a jig when he found out his quarterback is returning in 2012.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 5, 2012
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And even with Weeden, Robert Griffin, Ryan Tannehill and James Franklin headed out the door, Big 12 quarterbacking won't wilt. The new kids on the block are bringing big-time passers. TCU's Casey Pachall was excellent as a 2011 sophomore; West Virginia's Geno Smith just beat Clemson 70-33.

So Landry is pivotal to Sooner success in 2012. Sure, he struggled down the stretch without Ryan Broyles. But who even knows if that was Landry's fault? The Sooner receivers looked ordinary without Broyles. Whatever ailed them should be fixable, plus fresh recruits arrive at a position that is the easiest for rookies to conquer.

Blake Bell's rugby offense only enhances Landry's value. The Belldozer was an offensive breakthrough the latter half of the year. The Sooners can do much more with it and will. Which only makes Landry's offense better.

How are defenses supposed to prepare for the 2012 Sooners, knowing they're going to see a spread passing game 80 percent of the time, but the other 20 percent face an infantry strategy straight out of 1926? Foes weekly will break NCAA practice-restriction rules.

Questions still plague these Sooners. Can someone cover the deep ball? Will Stoops shake up his staff? Are enough of these guys committed to the ways that produced seven Big 12 titles in 11 years?

But the biggest question has been answered. Landry Jones will quarterback Oklahoma, and that means the Sooners start 2012 in the pole position of Big 12 football.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.


by Berry Tramel
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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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