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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Roundtable: Biggest hole on offense?

By SoonerNation staff

Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Landry Jones
Landry Jones has set several quarterback records at Oklahoma. Who will replace him in 2013?
Today's question: Which graduating Sooner leaves the biggest hole for Oklahoma to fill on offense in 2013?

• Sometimes you don't know what you've got until its gone. I think Sooners fans will realize next year what they really had in Landry Jones. Blake Bell (or Trevor Knight) could very well be on the way to stardom. But it's likely the Sooners will experience some growing pains at QB. Jones had his frustrating moments when he'd commit senseless turnovers. But for most of his career, he overcame that with throws only a couple of college QBs could make. My guess is that OU fans will end up missing those plays. Probably more than they think they will.
- Jake Trotter

• Some people assume it's going to be easy to replace Landry Jones with the bevy of talented young quarterbacks on the roster at Oklahoma. That's not the case. Jones has been the foundation of OU's offense for the past few seasons, allowing the Sooners to know, without a doubt, they had the ability to win every game and score points against any defense. Whoever takes over in 2013 will undoubtedly experience the ups and downs of learning, potentially putting the Sooners defense in the spotlight more often than it was in 2013. Jones proved his value in November as he led OU to clutch wins over Oklahoma State and West Virginia. While he's been much maligned by some Sooners fans during his career, there's no doubt OU will miss Jones greatly in 2013.
- Brandon Chatmon

• If Kenny Stills leaves, it will only compound the problem because OU is going to have a tough time replacing the leadership of wide receiver Justin Brown. Everybody knew the 2012 OU receivers group was talented, but the lack of experience was a huge cause for concern. That almost seemingly went away overnight when Brown decided to transfer from Penn State to OU. Not a deep-ball threat, Brown was Mr. Reliable. He took so many big hits and kept getting back up. He might take a few more in the Cotton Bowl, and you can believe he will get back up one more time.
- Bob Przybylo