Triple Option: Jones absent from Big Board

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper released his Big Board this week as he listed the top 25 draft prospects, including underclassmen, for the 2013 NFL Draft. Surprisingly, one local name was missing: Landry Jones. The Oklahoma quarterback, who likely spurned the opportunity to be a first-round pick to return to Norman, was left off a list which included three quarterbacks. USC’s Matt Barkley (No. 1), Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas (No. 4) and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson (No. 13) are rated ahead of Jones.

2. After winning the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship, the Sooners women tee off in the NCAA West Regional in Erie, Colo., today. The No. 9 seed in the West, OU will have to finish among the top eight teams at the regional to earn its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2000.

3. The next two weekends will give OU basketball fans the opportunity to get a glimpse of guards Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) and Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) in action with Oklahoma City-based Athletes First playing tournaments in Dallas and Oklahoma City. Athletes First will play in Dallas Friday through Sunday then return to play in the Sooner Cager Classic on May 18-20. Having a greater focus on in-state recruits has been a priority for Lon Kruger since he took over in spring 2011.

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