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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A closer look at OU's inability to pass

By Brandon Chatmon

NORMAN, Okla.-- Missing Landry Jones yet Sooners fans?

The former Oklahoma quarterback was a much-maligned figure during his final season in Norman yet his passing skills and ability to make the Sooners’ offense one of the nation’s best has been sorely missed during the first two weeks of the 2013 season.

Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight has shown signs he could eventually become a playmaker but he’s also left no doubt that he’s a redshirt freshman with minimal game experience. Blake Bell, who Knight beat out to start, has played in both games without making a major difference in the Sooners’ offensive fortunes.

With Knight injured and expected to miss Saturday’s game against Tulsa, Bell gets the opportunity to prove he can be the run-pass threat the Sooners coaching staff has insisted he can be.

No matter who ends up leading the Sooners through the bulk of its schedule this season, that quarterback will have to play at a much higher level if OU hopes to go undefeated.

Here’s a deeper look at why OU’s passing game has struggled during its wins over West Virginia and Louisiana-Monroe courtesy of ESPN Stats and information:
Those numbers have to be disturbing for Sooners fans but, realistically, the Sooners are 2-0 and off to a terrific start thanks to their running game, defense and special teams. OU’s horrible passing game has been the lone eyesore during a good start so correcting the mistakes and returning the offense to a balanced should be priority No. 1 in Norman.