As Bob Stoops prepares to lead Oklahoma onto the practice field this spring, the new faces in prominent roles are plentiful.
Landry Jones will be noticeably absent after spending the past four seasons as the starting quarterback, first as Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford's replacement and then finding his own place in the Sooners' record books. Receiver Kenny Stills and safety Tony Jefferson left early to enter the NFL draft.
Perhaps strangest of all, though, is the influx of new assistant coaches. Jerry Montgomery, Bill Bedenbaugh and Jay Boulware join Stoops' staff this spring, the first time Oklahoma has replaced three assistants in the same offseason.
Over the past two offseasons, five assistants - more than half of the staff - have been replaced in a massive overhaul.
''There's always different reasons for that when those things happen,'' Stoops said Thursday. ''We've had coaching changes over 15 years at different times, in different ways. We'll adjust to this one the be...