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OU notebook: Bob Stoops isn't sure if Landry Jones will return to Sooners

Coach says Jones has plenty of time to analyze the pros and cons after Friday's game vs. Iowa
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: December 26, 2011

If Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has a feeling as to whether Landry Jones is coming back for his senior season, he isn't going to publicly tip his hand.

He said here Monday that he isn't sure – because he doesn't think Jones is sure.

“What I feel doesn't matter,” Stoops said after OU's Insight Bowl practice at Corona del Sol High School. “It's what the young guy thinks about it, and right now he is far from making that decision.

“So, right now he's absolutely uncertain what he's going to do. He has plenty of time after the game to analyze it more.”

That's roughly what Jones said last week when asked about the draft.

“If it's right for me to go, I'm going to go. If it's right for me to stay, I'm going to stay,” Jones said. “I just have to kind of think about it a little bit more.”

A feeling has been wafting through Norman that Jones will be back, but there has been no acknowledgment of that – publicly, anyway – by anyone. And Stoops backed away Monday from a quote attributed to him in the Tulsa World last week, saying he thought Jones would return.

“I don't know where that came from,” Stoops said.

Most draft analysts consider Jones the No. 3 quarterback in the class, presuming both Jones and Baylor's Robert Griffin III leave early. He moved up a slot when USC's Matt Barkley announced last week he was coming back. Stanford's Andrew Luck, also in town, practicing for the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State, is the slam-dunk No. 1 overall pick.

Luck came back for his senior year, too.

NORVELL EXPECTS REYNOLDS TO RETURN, RECOVER

Injured receivers Ryan Broyles and Jaz Reynolds attended practice Monday. Reynolds even watched with his receiver gloves covering his “Jaz hands.”

Broyles was lost Nov. 5 to a torn left ACL. Reynolds suffered a kidney injury during the Dec. 3 Bedlam game and had to spend the next week in the hospital.

“He was bad. We were fortunate,” receivers coach Jay Norvell said. “He's a pretty fortunate guy. He's going to miss this game, but he'll be back. And he'll be back 100 percent.”

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