Like you I assume, as disappointing as the season was I'm still not quite ready to move on just yet. So I figured we could hand out some regular season grades by position. Since it's been pointed out to me on more than one occasion I tend to lean more towards the negative side of things, I'd encourage you to post your own player grades in the comments should you see fit.
First up in our series, the QBs.
Landry Jones: B-
Final stats: 63% completion, 4,302 yards passing, 28 TDs, 14 INTs
I was VERY tempted to go more in the C to C+ range, but am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for having to close out the season without his #1 target. I still believe that even minus Ryan Broyles that Jones should have played much better than he did, but there is no arguing that substantial role #85 played in this offense. His stats are nothing to sneeze at, but for me with Landry it's more about the 14 INTs (many of the "what were you thinking" variety) and just the overall mental errors.
I might not go so far as to say he regressed this season, but we've seen very little progress from him now essentially after three years as the starter. He still locks onto receivers, he still has terrible footwork under even the slightest hint of pressure, he still has a tendency to miss high (a lot), and he still makes momentum crushing mistakes that seem to be somewhat easily avoidable.
Rumors are starting to circulate online that he's telling people he'll be back for his senior season and while I know that won't really surprise most of you it will disappoint more than a couple people here. I'll save my thoughts on that subject for another series we're working on and simply leave it up to the people to discuss.
Blake Bell: B+
Final stats: 0 passing TDs, 1 INT, 125 yards rushing, 10 rushing TDs
The only thing keeping him out of the "A" range for me was his passing attempts. There is no doubt the Bell-dozer package was a rousing success and a rare glimpse of a coaching staff willing to experiment. However, as successful as it was I can't help but feel it's also somewhat limiting Bell's development as a passer. His four attempts (Four? Really? I could have sworn it was two) were obviously less than impressive, but if he is in fact the future at QB for the Sooners then he's going to have to get a lot better in the passing game. Especially with Josh Heupel's 15-1 pass/run play calling ratio!
Drew Allen: Incomplete
Allen draws an incomplete grade for obvious reasons. Stoops never plays his backup QB, so Allen very rarely saw the field in 2011. His playing time decreased to virtually nothing once Bell emerged coupled with the fact that after Texas OU was never really in a position to play a backup QB.
Kendal Thompson: Incomplete
Just as obviously, Thompson gets an incomplete for redshirting this past year. Given what we saw the coaches do with Bell this year, it's now not inconceivable that something similar could be created for Thompson who is also quite mobile for a QB.