This is the first of a two-part series featuring the positives and negatives of the Spring Game.
First, here are three positives that came out of it.
1. Landry Jones appeared to have made progress—He started off slow, skipping his first pass in front of the intended receiver Cameron Kinney. But from that point on, Jones was pretty solid. He finished the day completing 17 of his 34 attempts for 211 yards and two touchdowns. The pair of touchdowns came on a 5-yard pass over the middle to tight end Trent Ratterree and a 31-yard pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills. Better than those two touchdowns, though, was the fact that Jones didn’t make a mistake to the other team. He threw 34 balls without an interception in terrible weather conditions. Jones’ progressions seemed to be better already for the most part.
2. Despite some drops, the wide receiving group showed signs—The guy that stood out the most was Stills, who caught six passes for 84 yards, including that 31-yard touchdown reception. Ryan Broyles was his normal self, catching four passes for 69 yards, and Jaz Reynolds snagged a couple for 65 yards on the day. And all Dejuan Miller did was make an acrobatic play on a 38-yard reception. This group was fluid in its route running, snapping off routes at the right times. The only reason for concern was a few drops, but blame some of those on the weather.
3. With the loss of two starters, the linebackers seem to have a swagger—It starts with the guy that has been talking trash and rallying his troops around that, Travis Lewis. Lewis, who had a pair of sacks as part of his four tackles in the game, just seems to be rubbing off on the others. Ronnell Lewis and Austin Box also had solid outings, and Jaydan Bird had a showing of his own with 6.5 tackles. Sure, the Sooners lose a lot without Keenan Clayton and Ryan Reynolds, but they have that swagger going for them right now.