NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Had quarterback Landry Jones decided to leave Oklahoma instead of returning for his senior season, he'd be starting over with a new group of offensive teammates in the NFL.
As it is, he won't be bringing that many familiar faces with him when the fourth-ranked Sooners open their season Saturday night at UTEP. The receiving corps is almost entirely brand new, the offensive line has been shuffled around because of injuries and there's not a proven tight end on the roster.
UTEP has had six straight losing seasons. The Miners are led by preseason Conference USA first-team quarterback Nick Lamaison. Coach Mike Price says his team is fired up to host the highest-ranked team to ever play at UTEP.