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

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.”

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL 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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