OU football notebook: Landry Jones considers ministry

Jeremy Beal says Sooner defense is 'average'
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 23, 2010 at 8:48 am •  Published: September 22, 2010

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."

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