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OU notebook: Dominique Whaley's longtime teammate expects more of the same

BY TRAVIS HANEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers,; Modified: September 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm •  Published: September 15, 2011


Oklahoma State is not the only team with a late game – and long wait – Saturday. The Cowboys and Tulsa will kick off after 9 p.m. in Oklahoma. FSU and OU will start about two hours earlier, but still late in the day.

So, what does Stoops do with his team all day before such a big game?

“We'll get out of the hotel for a while,” he said, “go over to their stadium for a while, check our pads, have a little substitution drill. Then (we'll) go back, watch some tape, do a little walk-through. We just kind of break the day up.”


After throwing for 375 yards in the opener against Tulsa, OU quarterback Landry Jones passed Jason White to move into second on the school's all-time passing list.

Jones, a junior, is now gunning for Sam Bradford and the record mark of 8,403 yards. Given the speed at which the Sooners offense moves, Jones could have pass Bradford by the second quarter.

With 8,291 yards, Jones needs 112 yards to move into No. 1. Both White and Bradford, of course, won Heisman trophies.


After practice Tuesday, Jones sat near Kenny Stills, the receiver with a wild Mohawk haircut.

Sudden thought: Why don't quarterbacks ever wear their hair like that?

“It's not a good look,” Jones said.

For a quarterback?

“For anybody,” Jones said. “It started out OK, but it's getting out of control.”

But don't think Stills' hair will cause Jones to look away during the game. Stills caught 61 passes for 786 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman last season. He'll return for the FSU game after serving a one-game suspension.

“That's huge for us,” Jones said. “Having another weapon out there is going to be really big for us this week.”


The revenge factor favors Florida State, since the Sooners whipped the Seminoles 47-17 last season.

“But we're going to be after winning, too,” Stoops said. “Being made doesn't do it. Playing well does.”

Stoops even said the Sooners could work up some anger by Saturday night. What does OU have to be mad about?

“We're 1-0,” he said. “They're 2-0. They got one on us.”