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OU's Bob Stoops: Sam Bradford still questionable for Miami

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm •  Published: September 21, 2009

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said there's no update on whether quarterback Sam Bradford might return for the Miami game but on the weekly Big 12 teleconference his response indicated Bradford might be available next week.

Stoops was asked whether he's confident Landry Jones could lead the Sooners to a road win at Miami.

"If it is Landry he's handling it really well," Stoops said. "He's been nothing but consistent and solid. More than anything it's the players around him the past couple of weeks have played better. Regardless of who's in that position the players around him have to support that position.

"You have to protect him. You have to be able to run the ball. You have to be able to get open and catch it when you have your opportunities. As far as his part, he's doing a good job."

When asked about Bradford's progress Stoops said: "(Sam) continues to do well but we're not getting into any speculation about when (he could return)."

Jones threw for a school record six touchdown passes in a 45-0 win over Tulsa.

"He's been very consistent, really cool," Stoops said. "He started tough. His first play of the game was an interception but he comes right back. The next series we throw it again and he goes on to have an excellent day.

"He's really handled it well. He's thrown a lot of great passes. His demeanor at the line of scrimmage has been excellent. He's been very solid."

Stoops said quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has helped Jones progress and overcome occasional negative plays.

"Coach Heupel played it about as well as anybody," Stoops said. "And (Jones) has been with Sam the past couple of years. They know you're going to have a negative play here and there. You have to forget it and move on. What matters is what you do going forward. That's what's most important.

"Look at the NFL. They might struggle for three quarters. Then all of a sudden what matters is the last drive or what they do in the fourth quarter that changes a game. Quarterbacks definitely have to have that kind of mentality."

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