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September 25, 2012

Setting the pace?

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s offense has moved at a sporadic pace this season. It hasn’t huddled, but outside of a few series, it hasn’t operated at the rapid pace it had for the previous four years.

The Sooners have seemed to move the ball better when they’ve played at a faster pace.

“For the most part, we’ve done pretty well with it. We have executed better in the hurry-up and we’re aware of it,” Stoops said. “It’s just one of those instances with changing personnel, how fast can you go, or if you feel you need to play and that’s what slows it down sometimes.”

In order to play at a fast pace, OU has to keep 11 players on the field. Any time it substitutes, the defense is given time to do it as well.

Quarterback Landry Jones said the other issue is depth. OU’s offensive line has lost two starters to injry. Also, only five receivers were used against Kansas State.

“You can’t run tempo the entire time. You just get gassed out. We wouldn’t have enough at the end of the game,” Jones said. “That’s why we like to do it in spurts and I think coach (offensive coordinator Josh) Heupel does a good job in doing that whenever we feel like we need to create some momentum.”

Eyes on Jones: Perhaps the most watched player in OU’s locker room for the next two weeks will be Jones. He’s taken a lot of the blame for the loss to Kansas State and has freely accepted it. He’s also the leader of an offensive with only four seniors on the two-deep depth chart.

“I don’t know if ‘look up to me’ is necessarily the right word or anything like that but I guess they’re looking to me just to kind of see where we’re going with this offense and (to) find out what we’re going to be,” Jones said. “We’ve been in this position before and have come out with a whole lot of good seasons. That 2010 season was a really successful year for us and we had two losses on the record and 2008, we go to the national championship, we lost to Texas that year. So this isn’t foreign territory for us.”

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