2012 Heisman Watch

By Chris Huston
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Landry Jones enters the season with 93 career TD passes. (U.S. Presswire)  
Landry Jones enters the season with 93 career TD passes. (U.S. Presswire)    

Jones had the unenviable task of replacing a Heisman winner (Sam Bradford) and he's done a remarkable job, with 12,379 yards and 93 touchdowns in three seasons as the Sooners' starting quarterback. Despite those great career numbers, he (and his team) were perceived as disappointments last year. Jones threw just one touchdown pass and was intercepted six times in OU's last four games.

He finished up with 15 interceptions, a number he'll need to drastically reduce if he wants to contend for the Heisman. Jones has the advantage of playing for a traditional Heisman power that will be ranked in the top 10.

He's got good name recognition and he should have another fine season in the Sooner system. But he needs to approach the kind of statistics Bradford had in 2008 if he wants to both elevate his team and win the trophy. That's certainly possible at Oklahoma, even with the difficulty it's been having at the receiver position this offseason.

Exotic matchups with Notre Dame, TCU and West Virginia add some spice to the schedule and give Jones a chance to rise to the top of the pack.

Check out more coverage from Chris Huston on the Heisman Watch page

 
 
 
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