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.”
Stoops mentioned last week that Reynolds did speak with family members about whether he should continue to play football.
“When you're talking about major organs getting damaged, you have to look really hard about playing ball,” Norvell said. “There was never a hesitation or any doubt. Jaz wants to play.
“It's something he wants to do; it's important (to him). You can only play football when you're young. When you get old like me, you just wish you could play. The kid wants to live his life the way he wants to. As long as the doctors think it's safe enough for him to play, I'm all for it.”
PHOENIX HAS CONNECTION TO FORMER OU COMMIT BRADLEY
In the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Stoops was asked Monday about former Broken Arrow quarterback Archie Bradley.
Committed to play at OU, Bradley signed with the Diamondbacks just before the August deadline. Bradley, the No. 7 overall pick in the June MLB Draft, throws in the upper 90s.
“He was everything you love in an athlete – talent, toughness, a leader, a winner,” Stoops said. “We really liked Archie.”
Bradley sure looks like a can't-miss kind of guy, but Stoops joked (sort of) that he's not passing on the next Brandon Weeden.
“If things don't work out, somewhere down the road he could come back at 26 or 27, like some of these other guys and play football for us,” Stoops said. “We really loved him.”
Stoops said he wasn't surprised by Bradley's decision, given where he was selected. Bradley received a reported $5 million signing bonus.
“We thought, in the end, from talking to other people, that he would have too good of an opportunity not to do it,” he said.
Guard Adam Shead, who missed the Oklahoma State game, did not practice and was wearing a protective boot over his lower right leg. He is not expected to play Friday, even though he's on the depth chart behind Gabe Ikard. … Iowa sent home a player, but coach Kirk Ferentz declined to identify the player. … The Sooners will practice again this afternoon at Corona del Sol, though players will not be made available for interviews after practice. ... Stoops was again asked if his brother, Mike, might rejoin the staff. “I don’t have a spot,” he said. “I don’t have an update.”