Landry Jones has a plan for life after football. OU's sophomore quarterback said he's seriously considering becoming a pastor.
"I've really been praying about it and thinking what I want to be," Jones said. "Just going through my first year of college, I was struggling with my faith. Now my faith has come on really strong these past couple of years."
A leader in OU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Jones was asked how serious he's considering becoming a preacher.
"I'm like 98 percent positive that's what I'm going to be when I'm done with football," Jones said.
BEAL: WE'RE AN AVERAGE DEFENSE
Several coaches and players have commented that Air Force's unique option attack was a factor in the Sooners allowing 351 rushing yards. But defensive end Jeremy Beal said the defense being ranked 89th in the country is unacceptable.
"The facts speak for itself," Beal said. "Right now, we're an average defense. There's nothing else to say about it. We gave up 300-some (rushing) yards. Yeah, they're a different offense, but that's still a lot of yards. That's not our standards. We just need to play more consistent."
Coach Bob Stoops was asked how he views the defense after three games.
"Some parts have been really good. Other parts haven't been," Stoops said. "I think that's obvious to everybody. It's still a work in progress. It will benefit us to work more traditional coverages and defenses as opposed to option styles that we've seen."
COLLAROS A CHALLENGE
OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Cincinnati's Zach Collaros will be one of the top quarterbacks the Sooners will face this season.
"We expect a guy that completed 70 percent of his passes and won four games a year ago as a starter to show up," Venables said. "Their run game goes through the quarterback, a lot of quarterback run game, some zone read, some option. He's big, strong and fast. He's a load. He can also really throw the ball."
Collaros is on the Manning and O'Brien award watch lists. He was 19-of-31 for 310 yards passing and three touchdowns in a loss to North Carolina State. Collaros has thrown six TD passes this season with no interceptions.
"We understand (they're better than their record)," said safety Jonathan Nelson. "They have a great quarterback. If you watch them on film you realize how good they are."
MORE FRESHMEN COULD CONTRIBUTE
True freshman wide receiver Kenny Stills, nickel back Tony Jefferson and fullback Trey Millard are starters. Defensive tackle Daniel Noble has earned a backup role. Other true freshmen are making progress behind veteran starters.
"(Cornerback) Aaron Colvin continues to make improvement," Stoops said. "The young receivers (Trey Franks and Joe Powell) are getting more consistent in practice. We had Austin Haywood in a little bit at tight end last week. (Linebacker) Corey Nelson had an excellent game. He covered kicks great and when he was in on defense did well."
Venables said Ronnell Lewis, who has worked some at linebacker, will play defensive end Saturday. ... The Bearcats have won 13 consecutive home games. This game technically won't be a home game since it's being played at Paul Brown Stadium. ... UC wide receiver D.J. Woods caught six passes for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns last week. Armon Binns has 16 receptions for 208 yards and two TDs. ... The Bearcats are 2-4 all-time against top-10 teams at home, the wins coming over No. 7 Rutgers four years ago and No. 9 Wisconsin in 1999. ... Cincinnati has been plagued by 11 fumbles, losing four. ... Travis Lewis (27) leads OU in tackles followed by Jamell Fleming (25) and Jonathan Nelson (25). ... Offensive line coach James Patton is a native of Lafayette, Ohio, 129 miles north of Cincinnati. ... The Bearcats have seven new starters on defense but returned seven starters on offense. ... Cincinnati (1885) is the fifth oldest college football program in the country behind Rutgers (1969), Michigan (1879), Navy (1880) and Minnesota (1883).