Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones wasn't expected to play much in Saturday's spring game, and he didn't. Jones was pulled after the game's opening drive, which took over seven minutes off the clock. The drive stalled at the 9-yard line, ending with a field goal.
“I didn't know how much I would play coming in,” Jones said. “After that first series, I figured I wouldn't be going in too much today.”
Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said because the first drive took so much time off the clock, coaches decided to let backups Blake Bell and Drew Allen get the bulk of snaps. Fourth-team QB Kendal Thompson played three series in the second half.
Jones completed 4 of 8 pass attempts for 23 yards.
Reynolds provides highlight play
Jaz Reynolds' 60-yard touchdown catch from Bell was the highlight play of the day. Bell scrambled out of the pocket and found Reynolds, who was one step behind strong safety Javon Harris.
After the score, Reynolds leapt up and dunked the football over the cross bar. He was flagged for a 15-yard penalty.
“Coach knows I wouldn't do that in a game,” Reynolds said. “I do it every day in practice. This was the spring game. We were playing against each other. There wasn't a championship on the line. I knew (the flag) was coming.”
Punt returns a concern?
OU punt returners were shaky.
Kenny Stills, projected to be OU's primary punt returner, fumbled one punt when he attempted a fair catch, the ball deflecting off his leg. Stills also failed to catch another punt that bounced an additional 20 yards.
“Some of them were booming punts, windy,” said coach Bob Stoops. “I said on one of them: ‘Roy (Finch) is in trouble on this one and should just let it go.' You do appreciate Ryan Broyles in how well he fielded those. We have great faith in Kenny but we wanted to see the other guys a little bit.”
Finch and Brennan Clay also were used on punt returns. Finch had one punt go through his arms but made a nice catch on another windblown punt.
Wind a big test for kickers
Sophomore kicker Michael Hunnicutt, who was 21 of 24 on field goals last season, hit three field goals, including an impressive 40-yarder into a stiff southerly breeze. Hunnicutt, though, missed a 35-yard PAT following Reynolds' penalty and a 45-yard field goal with the wind.
Punter Tress Way averaged 48.5 yards on eight punts, including a 69-yarder. Way, though, also had the wind knock down one punt that netted only 19 yards.
“I thought Tress punted it well,” Stoops said. “And as windy as it was Michael still hit it well.”
A clean game for the offense
There were no turnovers in the game and only three penalties. The defense dropped two interceptions but the offense's execution was crisp.
“It wasn't sloppy,” Stoops said. “We had two Big 12 crews officiating. We didn't have a lot of line of scrimmage penalties. It was pretty clean for a spring game where you have so many guys playing. Some guys aren't quite ready to play but are out there playing a lot. And played well.”
No major injuries
Senior linebacker/nickelback Joseph Ibiloye (shoulder) was the only player to leave Saturday's game with an injury. And it wasn't serious.
“Anytime you can get 100 some plays in and nobody gets hurt is good,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “That's always the biggest fear for us to lose a valuable player in the last spring scrimmage going into fall camp.”
Several players didn't participate in the game due to nagging injuries or injuries that kept them out all spring — running back Dominique Whaley, cornerback Aaron Colvin, center Ben Habern, defensive tackles Stacy McGee and Casey Walker, defensive end R.J. Washington, wide receiver Kameel Jackson, defensive end Geneo Grissom, backup offensive lineman Austin Woods and third-team fullback Marshall Musil.
McNamara adjusting to Division I football
True freshman tight end Taylor McNamara, who graduated from high school early to participate in spring practice, caught three passes for 23 yards.
Because the Sooners lost James Hanna and Trent Ratterree to graduation — and Austin Haywood transferred — tight end has a vacancy.
McNamara is listed as the backup behind juco transfer Brannon Green.
“Taylor has the ability to be a really good player here,” Heupel said. “He should be in high school still. He's gone through a lot of growth, which is typical for a guy that comes in the middle of his high school year.”
Due to weather concerns, OU officials announced Saturday morning kickoff would be moved up 30 minutes. The weather ended up cooperating to where fans were allowed on the field for a 45-minute autograph session with players after the game.
Heupel said Brennan Clay has been OU's most consistent running back this spring. Clay backed it up with a game-high 65 yards rushing. ... Redshirt freshman Danzel Williams rushed for 24 yards on eight carries and scored the game-winner on a pass from Thompson. ... The one surprise to the depth chart Saturday was Tyrus Thompson started at left offensive tackle in front of Lane Johnson, a returning starter who has been moved from right to left tackle. ... Bob Stoops and athletic director Joe Castiglione presented former OU running back Adrian Peterson with a framed photo of Headington Hall. Peterson, who recently donated $1 million to his alma mater, received a huge ovation from the crowd.