2009 Record: 8-5 (5-3, Big 12)
Scheme: Under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma often runs a high-octane, no-huddle attack that preaches balance, but often reverts largely to the passing game. Wilson, who came to Oklahoma from Northwestern several years ago, has led some very potent offenses at Oklahoma, including record-setting units in 2007 and 2008. Although Oklahoma lost offensive players at the rate Spinal Tap lost drummers, the Sooners still managed to average 424 yards and 31 points per game, although they were held to 20 points or less by some of the better foes they faced (BYU, UM, Texas, Nebraska, Texas Tech).
Quarterbacks: Perhaps the biggest in the myriad of injuries OU suffered last year was the loss of QB Sam Bradford. Bradford, who won the Heisman in 2008, was injured in the opener against BYU and eventually was lost for the season. In stepped Landry Jones. Jones, now a sophomore, had his share of growing pains, but also showed flashes of brilliance. Jones (3,198 yards, 58%, 26 TDs, 14 ints.) showed off a good arm and pretty good poise and led all NCAA freshmen in passing yards. Working behind a makeshift line, Jones was often pummeled and threw 7 interceptions in losses to Nebraska and Texas, but coaches hope the year of experience will allow Jones to put his considerable physical tools to better use. Jones will likely still have his rough spots, but he has the ability to be a great QB.
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