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May 7, 2013

Stoops responds to offensive criticisms

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One of the main criticisms of Jones was his overall play did not improve from his sophomore year in 2010 through his last two seasons. It was one of the reasons he fell from a potential first-round pick after his junior season in 2011.

Jones hasn’t voiced public disapproval of OU’s offense — other than the Belldozer package — since the end of the 2012 season.

“Landry, we love him. I think he’s an incredible quarterback. I think he’s at a place that really fits him well. He’ll have a great opportunity, and hopefully it works out really well for him,” Stoops said.

As far as Jefferson falling out of the draft, the Sooner coach said it was a matter of seeking out the best advice before making the decision to leave school.

“Nothing surprises me in the draft. Guys who go early; guys who go late, because very few people really know,” Stoops said. “Because there’s only a certain handful of guys who are doing the drafting, who don’t let anyone know, regardless of what anybody wants to say, they never show their hand. So I was disappointed, of course, I want all my guys to be drafted as high as they can be. But, in the end, there’s always a lot of reasons why NFL teams do or don’t draft guys. Some of them are whether they play, how they test when they measure a guy — height, weight, speed, whatever. There’s always countless reasons that improve, or not, a guy. Again, nothing really surprises me.”

Stoops did say he was stunned Jefferson, who signed a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Cardinals last week, was not selected.

“I thought he would be. I didn’t feel it would be in the first day because of information I have,” he said. “I feel bad for him. I wish he was.”

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