NORMAN — By John Shinn
Transcript Sports Writer
Oklahoma has gone through three practices this spring, but the fact that none of have been with an established starting quarterback has made all of them unique.
The quarterback competition between Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight draws everyone’s attention, especially their teammates.
“It’s different,” fullback Trey Millard said of going through practices without Landry Jones as OU’s No. 1 quarterback for the first time since 2009. “When you have a guy who was like 100 percent the guy, it’s just a different feel, you can’t really explain it. When guys are out there competing, it’s really interesting and fun and to see that they’re working, because they know their spot’s not guaranteed. I’m not saying Landry didn’t compete out there, but it’s just different.”
How can it not be?
Jones, who worked out for NFL scouts Wednesday at OU’s Pro Day, spent the previous three springs as the focal point of the Sooners’ offense. The uncertainty a quarterback derby brings has raised the players’ interest.
“I pay attention to it a lot and like to egg it on and really push them and see who wants it more and wants to break out,” running back Damien Williams said. “No one has broke out yet.”