In a press conference this week, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly gave Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners high praise. If you remember, this isn’t Kelly’s first time to coach against Stoops and the Sooners. Oklahoma played an out of conference game against Cincinnati, when Kelly was the head coach there.
Kelly on Oklahoma’s program as a whole:
That’s where we want to be. We want that consistency. Year in and year out you know Oklahoma is going to be part of the conversation. And that’s where we want to get our football program. We’re nowhere near that yet. We think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re trending the right way. But I think the hallmark of great programs is that consistency, the consistency that we saw here for a number of years that we haven’t seen, we want to be able to bring that back. And that takes time. And that takes a lot of winning. And that’s why there’s so much pride and tradition in their program as well.
His comments on Landry Jones, saying:
I think the normal progression of the quarterback. He’s gotten into a good rhythm. He hasn’t been disrupted very much. And I think, like most good quarterbacks, if you can get into a good rhythm and you’re not disrupted, you’re going to be pretty effective. You can see that’s been the case.
On Tony Jefferson:
If you’re out there, and I hate to give any recruiting advantages, you want to play safety at Oklahoma because those guys are free to play. You know, they play a lot of man coverage. So the safeties are free to come down and support the run. It’s part of what their defensive philosophy is. So he’s all over the place. He’s got some freedom in the passing game, but primarily he’s in there to be a run fit player, and he does a very good job at it.
Kelly went on to also praise how well the Sooners have been executing big plays and their regained confidence on the offensive side of the ball.
One comment that stood out the most was, “So we know the challenge in front of us. Our players understand that it takes great execution and it will take a great effort on Saturday, but one we’re extremely excited about as well.” This could be said by both coaches and still be true.
Is it Saturday yet?