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September 28, 2012

For Sooners to grow, leaders have to set example



Accountability was a big word for OU going into the season, and honesty is an essential of meeting those expectations. Fans and media certainly will look to see how Jones responds from the Kansas State game.

They won’t be alone. Teammates will be paying attention, too.

“It starts with this week in practice. It’s coming in and demanding the best from us,” fullback Trey Millard said of what he expects from Jones. “It’s just moving on and focusing on some mistakes first and correcting them and continuing to correct things, just improve.”

Millard is one of the Sooners’ leaders, too. He’ll be under a microscope. So will King. The guys who’ve played the most must lead because they will be followed, whether they know it or not.

The Sooners don’t play Saturday. They have four days of practice to try to fix what was broken against Kansas State and prepare for Texas Tech. Getting any of that accomplished is positive. The one thing it can’t do is sit around and sulk.

Players talked about the path to a Big 12 championship still being navigable. A couple even mentioned a national championship. That may be a stretch.

OU needs to focus on one thing: growing tighter. A long season remains, and it can still go in any direction. The path that leads to winning the way OU’s accustomed to means buckling down when it faces adversity.

“This isn’t foreign territory for us,” Jones said. “We’ve been in this situation before, and we’re going to bounce back and we’re going to play some good football in the future.”

Saying it’s one thing. The harder part is doing it.

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