"I’ve never been that nervous playing,” she recalled. "BYU is probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life.”
Such is life for OU’s version of Brangelina.
Since two of the Sooners’ biggest athletic stars decided to start dating on New Year’s Day of this year, they have gradually become the university’s own first couple.
"It’s funny, we joke about it all the time because it’s been blown up into such a huge deal,” Hand said. "But really, we don’t notice it. It’s not like the paparazzi is following us.”
Not yet, at least.
With Sam Bradford scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery today and later enter the NFL Draft, Jones is now OU’s permanent starting quarterback. A job as important in Oklahoma as governing the state.
"It’s been stressful for me,” said Hand, who maintains that, while she didn’t like it, she had nothing to do with Jones shaving his previously famous mustache following a loss at Miami. "I can’t even imagine what it’s been like for him.”
So far, Jones has performed admirably replacing a Heisman Trophy winner. Already he has broken Bradford’s school record for touchdown passes in a game, tossing six earlier this season against Tulsa.
"He’s a superstar now,” Hand said, "and he’s going to have to live up to that.”
Jones, however, wisely professes his counterpart remains the more popular of the two.