NORMAN — N o news is usually good news at the annual Red/White Game, and so it was a fine Saturday at Owen Field.
Yes, Landry Jones threw a silly interception. On his very first run for public viewing, Brandon Williams collided with quarterback Drew Allen before falling forward. Tight ends James Hanna and Austin Haywood dropped enough passes to have the masses complaining to sports radio Monday morning if only it was the regular season.
But nobody’s perfect, the backup quarterback race heated up only because Drew Allen and Blake Bell both played well enough and, more than anything, a point emphasized by Bob Stoops once the day was done, there are just no glaring deficiencies on this team unless you want to pick on kicker Jimmy Stevens and his several back-ups.
“I don’t think there’s any question that we have more players ready to play this year, maybe more than any other time when you look at, just overall, two-deep guys that you can put on the field and trust, who know what to do and do it,” Bob Stoops said.
Should Oklahoma become the nation’s consensus No. 1 preseason team, that should be the biggest reason why. Players must make plays, but my goodness, do the Sooners have some players.
The guy calling the action for radio, Toby Rowland, the new voice of the Sooners, proved similarly strong. He called James Hanna “James Allen” once, but also called a very complete game. He’s sure to have a spotter with him in the both, but listening to him, it didn’t sound like he needed one.
“I can’t wait till I can call them ‘Sooners,’” Rowland said, lamenting that “White” and “Red” were the teams on the field.
Really, the only thing that ever kept Rowland from sounding like a great choice to call Sooner football was the fact it was hard to imagine him doing it. Now it’s easy, because now he has.