OU football notebook: Landry Jones only plays one series; Jaz Reynolds provides highlight play

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.
by Michael Baldwin and Jason Kersey Published: April 14, 2012

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.”

Early start

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.

Two-minute drill

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.


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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