Jerry Jeff and the OU offense

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 5:41 pm
By: News 9

Darrell Royal's old buddy Willie Nelson is the king of the Texas songwriter/singers. His combination of the unique nasal twang voice and folksy narration has led Darrell and me and millions others to become mesmerized.

His concert routine opener of Whiskey River notwithstanding, Willie's genius has soothed this guy's ears since first hearing Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain in 1977.

None other than another than southern music lover named Switzer once infuriated the former OU QB and Texas coach-- who has sworn since the 1972 that Switzer cheated to get Port Arthur's Little Joe Washington--when he quipped that maybe Royal was spending too much time "pickin' and a grinnin'" instead of out recruiting hard enough to keep the former OU coach from nabbing bevy of Texas high school bounty which would become the backbone of Switzer's wishbone.

So Texas guitar pickers have had an influence on football in the south. The personal all-time favorite crooner Jerry Jeff Walker is proving to know back in the mid-70's what would happen in college football in the 21st century. Jerry Jeff-a transplanted vocal roustabout from NYC-belted out a tune that equates to the pace of today's game. Instead of playing whatever music they play during Sooner practices these days, I suggest they throw in a Jerry Jeff classic with OC Kevin Wilson's new hustle-up offense. "Pick Up the Tempo," written by W Nelson:"Pick up the tempo and take it on home," should be the offensive slogan. From Norman to Stillwater, from Honolulu to South Florida, Jerry Jeff has made a major impact on college football..........

-Pat Jones recently completed his in-person analysis of the three major football programs in the state, OU, OSU and Tulsa. He's been to practices at each where he's talked with coaches and seen the players go through two-plus hour workouts. With his experience at evaluating college players both as a college position coach head coach (OSU) and ten-year NFL assistant, the likeable Jones is as good as any when it comes to this type of thing.

His rankings:

Best talent? "OU by a ways but closer to the pack of the Missouri's and Texas club than I thought." He went on to clarify the physical talent in Norman is superior but that he included the other two schools because of the concerns at linebacker and secondary in Norman.

-Best practice team? "Tulsa is the fastest. OU is the most physical."

-Most dominant physical individual talent? OU RB DeMarco Murray and OSU WR Dez Bryant

-Most physical player? OU defensive end Austin English

Tiz almost the season to be jolly...... see you at six and ten.....Dean