NORMAN — There were only a handful of surprises for Oklahoma this spring. Some young players have shown they’re capable of getting on the field next season. Some older players have shown they are capable of leading the team.
That always happens during spring practice.
What seems to always say if the spring was a success is whether the Sooners enter the offseason workouts with a legitimate starting quarterback.
In that way, Saturday’s Red/White Game and spring practice as a whole was a success.
Landry Jones threw 17-for-34 for 211 yards in the game. Some of those incompletions were drops. Others were simply thrown away. But the key was he led the White team to a 23-0 victory.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson sees big differences between the redshirt freshman who got the job last season after Sam Bradford was injured, and the one who ran the first-team offense this spring.
“He’s not necessarily having the big speeches and trying to be the guy talking the most, but I think he’s very comfortable approaching our group and making a comment or statement,” Wilson said. “But more than anything, he’s also one of our better workers. First guy in there, first guy in the line. He tries to set a good example as much as being a leader by talking.”
The Sooners missed those things when Bradford was injured last season. Quarterbacks are expected to lead, but it’s hard to do that without proven experience on the field. Jones didn’t have that last season. He also didn’t have the standing that comes with earning the starting job on the practice field.
One of his main goals this spring was to remove any doubt he would be the Sooners’ quarterback for the 2010 season.
“I was going to come in here (in spring practice) and try to win the starting spot,” Jones said. “I want to progress every day and become the player I know I’m capable of being.”