The Norman Transcript


July 29, 2010

Perhaps it is time to believe in Landry

IRVING, Texas — Sometimes, maybe most times, it’s not about what they say but how they say it. So one pays attention amongst the monotony that is Big 12 football media days, in some ways more a people watching event than a gridiron primer.

As for people watching, Oklahoma brought defensive end Jeremy Beal, linebacker Travis Lewis, running back DeMarco Murray and receiver Ryan Broyles to the DFW Weston.

A fine selection.

Beal might be the nation’s best at his position, Lewis may finish his time in Norman as OU’s all-time leading tackler, Murray will finally begin a season as electric as ever and no lingering injury, while Broyles could become a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate the way Mark Clayton did the year Jason White won it, especially if he can add an Antonio Perkins-like return season to the spectacular grabs he’s bound to make.

But for Murray, you know what you’re getting from those guys. As for Murray, Bob Stoops may have made a little news when he intoned the Las Vegas product might resemble an every-down back, getting more touches, running and receiving, than he’s ever enjoyed.

Yet the only time Stoops’ cadence and manner changed, he was talking about a player left in Norman. He was talking about quarterback Landry Jones.

He was asked about the difference between Jones then and now, only to buzz in before the question was complete.

“It’s like night and day,” Stoops said.

Night and day.

At least until reality comes crashing down, the Sooner Nation never tires of things to believe in. So maybe it’s time to believe in Landry Jones.

Let Stoops begin the discussion.

“Coming into the season and even walking into spring ball, you can tell he’s just in command. You can tell how confident he is and sure of what he’s doing,” he said. “So he’s progressed well … He’s every similar to the guys we’ve had that have had success. Very grounded guy, very confident, great worker.”

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