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OU quarterback Landry Jones dishes on wife Whitney Hand

Jones says ‘Whitney's a great cook' and talks about their summer wedding.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: July 23, 2012

DALLAS — Landry Jones rotated the ring on his finger.

It seemed like the ninth time in the last minute he'd adjusted the silver band that was bordered with, what looked like, black titanium that now rested on the fourth finger of his left hand.

“Whitney's a great cook,” Jones said with a huge grin. “I was … pleasantly surprised.”

A little more than two weeks have passed since Oklahoma's first couple sealed their vows and the Sooners' quarterback became the husband to Whitney Hand.

He already has his favorite dish made by his new bride: pecan-crusted chicken.

“She made it for me for my birthday,” Jones said.

Although the updated roster lists Jones at 218 pounds, he said he still weighs the 225 he did last season. Now that he's married, he'll “probably gain a little bit.”

“She cooks all the time,” Jones said, “so I'll be eating good all the time.”

As for the wedding day, it went “great” with “no glitches.” The OU football and basketball stars had a large 350-person wedding in Hand's hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Jones' bride wore a dress that was “ivory looking. It had a lot of jewels on it and it had a longer train.” The bridesmaids wore gray and two notable groomsmen were former OU tight end James Hanna and current OU center Ben Habern.

Habern actually knew Hand before Jones did. They went to Liberty Christian together for their junior and senior year.

“It was a smaller school, so most people kind of hung out with each other,” Habern said. “It was weird because I would never think in high school Whitney would start dating this quarterback at OU and then get married to him.”

Habern said he didn't play matchmaker, but the two met in the dorms and started hanging out and playing Ping-Pong in the lobby area.

“Before we knew it, they started dating,” Habern said. “They dated all through college and then all of a sudden Landry's like, ‘I'm engaged now.'”

“It's been awesome to see them mature and kind of walk through that stage of life together and how they've kind of worked through issues and all that kind of stuff, like any relationship. It's been cool to see. They're perfect for each other.”

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