2017 NFL Draft

Landry Jones, QB

School: Oklahoma  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Artesia, NM
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 225 lbs.
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03/17/2013 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: When it comes to quarterbacking, George Whitfield Jr. has developed quite a reputation in NFL circles. The quarterback guru has personally tutored Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. So Whitfield knows what a first-round quarterback looks like. And he believes that Landry Jones will be a first-round selection. "That's where I see him going," Whitfield said Wednesday after Jones finished throwing during Oklahoma's pro day. "He might not be the headliner or front line guy right now, but when they boil it all down and get down to what's most important, Landry will figure his way into the first round."

Jones gave scouts from all 32 teams in attendance one final look before the NFL draft in April, throwing 71 passes inside OU's Everest Indoor Training Center. He got off to a rocky start, as the first pass sailed out of his hand into a duck that fell way short of the intended receiver downfield. But he quickly settled down and was crisp for the rest of the session. "Today's workout was representative of what teams wanted to see," Whitfield said. "They wanted to see his arm strength, his agility and mobility, how much of an athlete is he. - Jake Trotter, ESPN.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Landry Jones, QB (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) - Jones kept his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard short shuttle). Noted quarterbacks guru George Whitfield - who has worked with the previous two No. 1 overall picks, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton, among others - put Jones through a on-field program that included 70 passes thrown, with a heavy concentration on middle-to deep-pass routes. Of those 70 passes, 66 were completed and only one of those incompletions was a bad throw.

Jones is the fourth-rated quarterback prospect (No. 57 overall) on my top-100 big board. Among those on hand in Norman, Okla. from NFL teams included Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo and Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

01/24/2013 - Landry Jones thrilled about interview with Andy Reid...While Jones rarely ran the read-option in college, he indicated that he would have little trouble picking it up if he's drafted by Philadelphia. Jones has yet to meet with Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "If they want me to run it we can start to figure something out and started running," Jones jokingly said.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz, the coach of the South team, lauded Jones, Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson for their play early in the week. "From the time the three quarterbacks stepped into the huddle, they had good command, they weren't botching snaps and they were making accurate throws," Schwartz said. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Quarterbacks...2. Landry Jones, Oklahoma. Jones is behind Wilson, but by how much? For me it's close. Jones made more errant passes than Wilson over the week but he's had a number of nice deep passes. He's got a good arm for sure but it comes down to his mobility and performing under pressure. Not that Wilson has guts of steel but at least he can move around. Jones did make a nice throw to Tavarres King Wednesday with the pocket collapsing during team drills but also missed more than any quarterback on the South roster. There just seems to be more confidence in Wilson than Jones. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/24/2013 - Landry Jones thrilled about interview with Andy Reid...Though Landry Jones has met with several teams that are in desperate need of a quarterback at this week's Senior Bowl, one interview stood out for the Big 12 all-time leader in passing yards. Jones, a four-year starter at Oklahoma, broke down Xs and Os and explained some of the nuances of the Sooners' spread offense in a meeting with Chiefs coach Andy Reid earlier this week. "I loved Coach Reid," Jones said. "It was an honor to pick his brain about things. It was just a really cool experience."

Besides meeting with the Chiefs, Jones also had interviews with the Bills and Cardinals. All three teams could select a quarterback in the early rounds of April's NFL Draft. Though the Sooners' spread offense isn't run at a tempo as fast as the version in Oregon, Jones still operated primarily without a huddle in college. Scott Linehan, the Lions' offense coordinator, has been impressed with Jones' ability to handle no-huddle situations and his accuracy through the first three days of practice in Mobile, Ala. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday Practice: While Arkansas' Wilson impressed in many ways, one area in which Oklahoma's Jones clearly struggled was during the short swing passes to running backs. While the spread offense has certainly helped Jones rack up monstrous numbers as the most productive passer in Sooners' history, his relative lack of experience taking snaps from under center showed in his inability to hit his backs in stride as they released from behind him. Many quarterbacks believe the short swing passes to backs are actually some of the hardest throws to make... Jones appeared to provide evidence of this issue as he also demonstrated the ability to throw strikes on longer passes through tighter windows. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday practice: Jones seemed more "NFL-ready" than Manuel as he also had a smooth delivery but didn't quite have the dead-on accuracy Wilson had. A team is sure to spend a Top 60 pick on him nonetheless based on his experience and fundamentals. "He's got really good arm talent, he's an accurate passer, throws a very nice ball," Linehan said of Jones. "They called pretty much everything as a no-huddle offense from the sideline, but that's not unusual now in the pro game. As pro offenses evolve, that will help him because everybody's trying to do that up-tempo system. I told him, 'I want to see how you call our offense and our offensive plays,' and he worked extremely hard in the last 48 hours to do so. I see no issues there." - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/04/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Landry Jones didn't start fast this season, but he certainly closed fast. His top three passing outings this season have come in the space of Games 8, 10 and 11. For the season, he has completed 332 of 507 attempts with 29 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, averaging 332.4 passing yards a game. In many ways, he has saved his best for last. He is playing well. And the only way OU rolls offensively is if he continues to play well. - The Sports Xchange

12/24/2012 - Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson and quarterback Landry Jones have each been invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl, which is set for January 26, 2013, at Ladd-Peoples Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The all-star game, which will be televised by NFL Network, marks the 16th consecutive Senior Bowl with Oklahoma represented in it. Johnson, a Grovetown, Texas, native, was a junior-college quarterback, came to Oklahoma as a tight end and played defensive end before moving to the offensive line last season. He started 10 games at left tackle this season, and 11 at right tackle last year. Jones, from Artesia, N.M., has broken countless school passing records over his four years as starter. He's the Big 12's all-time leader in passing yards and total offense. - Jason Kersey, News Oklahoma

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Quarterback: Landry Jones, Oklahoma, 6-4, 218, Sr., Artesia, N.M., has been selected Second Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Oklahoma football

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Landry Jones (QB), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Oklahoma football

12/01/2012 - Landry Jones and Oklahoma treated their regular-season finale like a championship game - and finished wearing caps and T-shirts declaring the 12th-ranked Sooners the Big 12 champions. They then had to wait to see if they would have to share their eighth Big 12 title, or win it outright. ''Technically, we're not sharing anything with anybody right now,'' Sooners defensive end R.J. Washington said. ''Right now, we're the only Big 12 champions. We'll see what happens later. Sharing it or not sharing it, winning the conference championship is great.''

With their 24-17 victory Saturday, after TCU's fourth-down pass to the goal line in the final minute was knocked down incomplete, the Sooners (10-2, 8-1 Big 12) clinched at least a share of their Big 12 title - and likely a BCS berth no matter what happens. ''In the end, it's just great to be in this position and to be a winner again,'' coach Bob Stoops said. ''For these guys, Big 12 champs, or co-champs, they're recognized as champions.'' Jones threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners won their eighth consecutive Big 12 game since a late-September loss to Kansas State. - AP Sports

11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 NCAA NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After the first overtime game in the Bedlam rivalry and a wild celebration on Owen Field, it all settled in for Landry Jones: 46 of 71 - both school records - for 500 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. ... What a way to go out. Jones' three TDs and Brennan Clay's 18-yard TD run in OT lifted the 14th-ranked Sooners to a 51-48 win against No. 22 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry on Saturday. "No better way," Jones said. "God blessed me so much [Saturday night] to be able to go out like this. There's no better way to go out." - NCAA.com

11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Landry Jones, Oklahoma, QB, Sr, Artesia, N.M.,...Landry Jones led Oklahoma to a 51-48 OT victory over Oklahoma State as he completed 46-of-71 passes for 500 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first player in OU history to register back-to-back 500-yard passing games, and owns all three of the 500-yard games in school history. It was his 12th career game with 400-plus yards.

Jones set single-game school records for both completions and attempts, breaking the previous marks of 39 completions (Josh Heupel vs. Ole Miss, 12/31/99) and 62 attempts (Jones vs. OSU, 11/27/10). The senior become the Big 12's career leader for passing yards (16,124) and total offense yards (15,756), marks which rank third and fourth, respectively, in NCAA history. Jones is also the first player in the FBS to have 3,000-plus passing yards and 26-plus touchdown passes in each of his four seasons. - Big 12 football

11/25/2012 - QB Landry Jones, against Oklahoma State, set the new program mark for completions (46) and attempts (71), breaking Josh Heupel's records of 39 completions and 62 attempts. He also became the Big 12's all-time passer with a conference record 16,124 yards, good for third all-time in NCAA history. He is also the first quarterback in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and for at least 26 touchdowns in all four of his seasons.

11/24/2012 - Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and three touchdowns, and Brennan Clay scored on an 18-yard run in overtime to lift No. 14 Oklahoma to a 51-48 win against No. 22 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry on Saturday. The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) never led during regulation, overcoming double-digit deficits in both halves. Backup quarterback Blake Bell tied it with 4 seconds left on a 4-yard keeper on fourth-and-1. Joseph Randle ran for 113 yards and matched his career-high with four touchdowns for Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3), which settled for Quinn Sharp's 26-yard field goal in overtime.

On the Sooners' second play, Clay got through traffic at the line of scrimmage and then broke through attempted tackles by Daytawion Lowe and Shamiel Gary to score the game-winner and set off a celebration on Owen Field. Oklahoma kept alive its chances for at least a share of the Big 12 championship and could win it outright by beating TCU next week if No. 7 Kansas State loses to Texas. - AP Sports

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Landry Jones, Oklahoma, Sr, QB, Sr, Artesia, N.M.,...Landry Jones led Oklahoma to a 50-49 comeback victory at West Virginia with a school-record 554 passing yards. He held the previous record of 505 set against Kansas State (10/29/11). The senior's six touchdown passes tied a school record he set against Tulsa (9/19/09). Jones threw the game-winning touchedown to WR Kenny Stills on fourth down with 0:24 remaining.

He is now fifth in NCAA history and second in Big 12 annals in career total offense with 15,262 yards. Jones has 117 passing touchdowns for sixth all-time in the NCAA and second in the Big 12. He has thrown for 3,245 yards this season, becoming just the third QB in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards in four different seasons, joining Kellen Moore (Boise State) and Timmy Chang (Hawaii). - Big 12 football

11/18/2012 - QB Landry Jones, in addition to setting a new program mark for single-game passing yards (554) and tying his single-game passing TD mark (six), Jones also passed four quarterbacks on the NCAA career touchdown passing list. His six gave him 117 as a Sooner, passing Texas' Colt McCoy (112), Florida's Danny Wuerffel (114), Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay (115) and USC's Matt Barkley (116, active) to move to sixth on the all-time list. He also moved to No. 5 in NCAA history and No. 2 in Big 12 history in terms of total offense. After the West Virginia game, Jones' total offense mark is 15,262 yards.

11/17/2012 - Oklahoma's Landry Jones hit wide receiver Kenny Stills with his sixth touchdown pass of the game, four of them to Stills, with 24 seconds left to lift the Sooners to a thrilling 50-49 victory over West Virginia on Saturday. Jones broke his own Oklahoma school record with 554 passing yards. The Sooners overcame an huge performance by the Mountaineers' Tavon Austin, who set Big 12 and school records with 572 all-purpose yards.

The nation's leading receiver with 96 receptions entering the game, Austin was moved to running back by coach Dana Holgorsen in a surprise decision. Austin displayed an amazing array of moves that took him back to high school days at Dunbar in Baltimore, Md., when he accounted for more than 9,000 all-purpose yards. Austin rushed for 344 yards, a WVU school record, while catching four passes for 82 yards and returning seven kicks for 142. Austin's versatility mystified Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1 Big 12), but he couldn't prevent West Virginia (5-5, 2-5) from taking its fifth loss in a row. - The Sports Xchange

11/10/2012 - Bob Stoops passed Bud Wilkinson on Oklahoma's career victory list with a defensive game plan that went against his conventional wisdom. The defensive-minded head coach who has always focused on stopping the run first got win No. 146 with an emphasis on grounding the nation's top passing attack. ''I love it,'' Stoops said after his 14th-ranked Sooners beat Baylor 42-34 on Saturday. ''I absolutely love it.'' Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and Oklahoma limited Baylor to a season-low 172 yards passing in the victory. Stoops moved into sole possession of second place on the school's wins list by passing Wilkinson, who was 145-29-4 and won three national championships with the Sooners. ''What he did here is absolutely amazing. The (NCAA record 47-game) win streak is really just incredible. I don't believe it'll ever be touched again, and the national championships, the sustained success for so long,'' Stoops said. ''I don't look at numbers, to be honest with you. It's just not me. I'm a long way from sitting in a rocking chair and reflecting on it.'' At 146-36, Stoops trails only Barry Switzer's 157-29-4 record that's the best in Oklahoma history. Switzer also won three national titles. Stoops has won one and is just trying to keep the Sooners in contention for a BCS at-large bid or longshot Big 12 title this season. - AP Sports

11/09/2012 - Berry Tramel, Expect Landry Jones to go in the first round of the NFL draft: Do you have any feel as to where Landry might go in the NFL draft? Yes. First round. What has happened in the last two drafts that makes anyone think Landry will slide out of the first round? Teams crave quarterbacks and will take guys in the first round much more frequently than in the past. Do you see any of the OU players leaving early for the 2013 NFL draft? I think Jefferson and Stills are possibilities. I can't think of anyone else, unless it's Damien Williams. but the Cali Trio could be broken up. - Berry Tramel, News Oklahoma

10/22/2012 - Three weeks ago, Oklahoma looked like it could be heading for a rough season after a loss to Kansas State. Now, the Sooners once again look like a team that could play its way back into national title contention. On Saturday night, Oklahoma turned in its third consecutive dominant performance since that loss, blowing out Kansas 52-7 in front of 84,532 at Owen Field. The win sets up a non-conference showdown with Notre Dame next week after the Fighting Irish stayed undefeated earlier in the day with a win over Brigham Young. It will be Notre Dame's first trip to Norman since 1966. The Sooners (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) remained in contention for a conference title and a BCS bowl berth. Kansas (1-6, 0-4) dropped its 16th consecutive Big 12 game. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones threw for three touchdowns and nearly 300 yards, and the defense that Mike Stoops was brought back to revitalize turned in yet another dominant performance, keeping the Jayhawks off the scoreboard until less than five minutes remained in the game. It didn't take long to put away any thought of the Sooners having a letdown after their blowout win over Texas a week earlier and with Notre Dame visiting next week. The Sooners dominated almost every way possible in building a 38-0 halftime lead. - The Sports Xchange

10/14/2012 - The wide grins came naturally for Oklahoma's players as they passed around the Golden Hat trophy, celebrating a third straight victory over rival Texas. Their heads filled with fresh memories of a dominating 63-21 victory against a Longhorns team thought to be better than the mediocre squads of the past two seasons, the Sooners couldn't help but think the grandest thoughts for a season that hit a bump three weeks ago with a loss to Kansas State. ''If we can just harness this game and build on this momentum, take it into practice and realize what we're capable of,'' quarterback Landry Jones said, ''we can go however far we want to go.'' Indeed, the Sooners (4-1, 2-1 Big 12) were at their very best on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. The defense forced three-and-out after three-and-out as the Texas offense went nowhere for the better part of the day. Jones and the offense clicked, too, unleashing Damien Williams and a potent running game that was all but forgotten in the loss to the Wildcats and piling up 677 yards. Since that surprising loss at Owen Field, the change is crystal clear. Last week, the Sooners wiped away nearly a decade of frustrations by winning at Texas Tech - a victory that seems even more impressive after the Red Raiders' upset of then-No. 5 West Virginia on Saturday - and doubled down on domination against the Longhorns. The early season question marks are fading away rapidly, even in the minds of the Sooners' players. Jones said this game felt different than facing K-State in part because of positive thinking. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, he thought Oklahoma was able to just play. ''It's as simple as that,'' he said. ''That's what this game is supposed to be played like. No mind, just going out there and cutting loose.'' - AP Sports

10/13/2012 - Damien Williams broke off a 95-yard touchdown run for the longest rush in Red River Rivalry history, Blake Bell powered his way in for four TDs and No. 13 Oklahoma beat No. 15 Texas 63-21 Saturday for its second straight blowout in the series. Landry Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, and fullback Trey Millard had a career-best 119 yards receiving as the Sooners (4-1, 2-1 Big 12) added another rout to Bob Stoops' impressive rivalry resume. Stoops is now responsible for three of Oklahoma's five most lopsided wins over Texas -- and that doesn't include last year's 55-17 clobbering. The Longhorns (3-2, 1-2) couldn't get a stop and never got their offense going, then lost quarterback David Ash to an apparent left wrist injury in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports

10/13/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: A week after West Virginia's Geno Smith continued his assault on record books, Heisman voters and NFL draft boards by slicing up an extremely talented and well-coached Texas defense, Jones will get his opportunity to do the same in the Red River Rivalry. Frankly, Jones needs to play well. While his touchdown to interception ratio (7-2) has been impressive thus far in 2012, Jones' completion percentage (63.3%) and yards per attempt (7.02) are the lowest of his career, raising scouts' concerns about his ability to carry a team on his shoulders -- a critical trait if Jones is to rebuild the momentum he'd once had as a possible first round pick. One of the ways in which he can ease these concerns would be to lead the Sooners to a victory in the Cotton Bowl. This game begins at noon eastern and will be televised by ABC. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/10/2012 - As he closes in on rewriting some of Oklahoma's storied history, Landry Jones got a timely note to provide just the boost he needed. Jones was doubting himself after committing two costly turnovers in the Sooners' loss to Kansas State last month. Then he received a letter from former Sooners quarterback Steve Davis - the very man whose school record for wins he's about to break. ''He just really wanted to encourage me,'' Jones said. ''Just keep going, keep leading those guys and keep fighting, regardless of what happens in the next game or the last game. Your focus is on this game and always to lead those guys.'' Jones rebounded with a solid performance, throwing for 256 yards and two touchdowns - this time with no turnovers - in a 41-20 win at Texas Tech on Saturday that at least momentarily silenced his critics. Jones was as tough as anyone on himself after his fumble was picked up for a K-State touchdown and his interception set up the Wildcats' go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. He called himself out for playing ''dumb football'' and encouraged everyone to place the blame on him for the loss, even as his coaches and teammates insisted he wasn't the only one at fault. Then he had an extra-long time to soak it in, with the Sooners (3-1, 1-1) having the following week off. ''There were some high parts and there were some low parts, that's for sure,'' Jones said. ''That night you're just thinking to yourself what could I have done better, especially after the game. That's the worst part. But then once Monday rolls around you just have to put it behind you and fight those doubts of whether you can actually make plays or not plays, but it's just one thing you have to fight.'' - AP Sports

09/24/2012 - Week 4 Rewind: While Saturday proved to be a pit of a coming out party for one highly debated quarterback prospect in Manuel, the same cannot be said for Oklahoma's Landry Jones, whose stock is slipping after a disappointing performance in a 24-19 upset home loss to Kansas State. Scouts have always been intrigued by Jones' size (6-4, 220) and strong arm. In Oklahoma's spread attack, Jones has racked up eye-popping numbers and will likely leave the university after this season atop the Sooners' record books in every major passing category. The same critical flaws that scouts have seen from him in the past, however, were once again on full display against a gutty Wildcats' defense, namely that when the pass rush forces Jones to re-set his feet, his accuracy plummets. Jones had spent much of the summer working with noted QB guru George Whitfield on improving his mechanics and there is no denying he is more efficient in his set-up and delivery of the football when he has time. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/24/2012 - Week 4 Rewind: The internal clock that the great quarterbacks possess just seems to be running a tick slower for Jones when he faces pressure. He held the ball for too long and saw it stripped away from him in the first quarter to give the Wildcats' their first score. He was bailed out in the third quarter when the referees elected to over-turn their initial call of another fumble and rule a slight forward flip of his toward running back Roy Finch as an incomplete pass. Jones and the Sooners seemed re-energized by the decision. Jones completed his next six passes leading the Sooners to a touchdown that gave them the lead at 13-10. His lack of ideal poise in the pocket once again showed up on the next drive, however, as Jones simply air-mailed a ball over his star receiver Kenny Stills' head that was picked off by KSU's Ty Zimmerman. The Wildcats turned Jones' second turnover into what turn out to be the game's deciding touchdown moments later, early in the fourth quarter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/23/2012 - QB Landry Jones has been remarkably mediocre over his last eight games, which represent 7 1/2 games played without Ryan Broyles lining up at slot receiver. Over that span, up to Saturday night's loss to Kansas State, Jones has completed 187 of 314 passes (59.6 percent), for 2,141 yards (267.6 per game), including seven touchdowns and eight interceptions for an efficiency rating of 119.09. In 2009, his sophomore season, his efficiency rating was 146.3.

09/22/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: No. 15 Kansas State (3-0) visits No. 6 Oklahoma (2-0) Saturday at Owen Field. K-State has impressed against Miami, winning 52-13, but struggled last time out in a 35-21 victory over North Texas. The Sooners are coming off an idle week after dismantling Florida A&M 69-13 two Saturdays ago. KEYS TO THE GAME: Oklahoma needs the ball. Kansas State is expert at possessing it via the quarterback run game of Collin Klein. So the Sooners can't let the Wildcats play keep-away. That will also serve to amplify the turnover battle. Also, OU must match K-State's typical discipline, a hallmark of coach Bill Snyder's teams. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Landry Jones -- The Sooner quarterback needs to have a good day, pure and simple. He must be accurate and he must make good decisions. K-State is much better than what he's seen to date. He must be better, too. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2012 - QB Landry Jones' 252 passing yards against Florida A&M moved him into 11th place on the FBS career list for passing yards. Jones now has 12,853 yards. Against FAMU, he passed Louisiana Tech's Luke McCown and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley.

09/09/2012 - A blowout win over a Football Championship Subdivision opponent isn't going to be a cure-all for Oklahoma, but it's a start. The fifth-ranked Sooners started slowly but rolled to a 69-13 win over Florida A&M on Saturday night at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma did it largely without the Bell Dozer offense that it went to last season, when injuries forced a change to the game plan. Instead, the Sooners leaned heavily on Damien Williams, who ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries in his home debut. Landry Jones threw for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Sooners (2-0) rolled to a win in their final game before beginning Big 12 play Sept. 22 against Kansas State. Florida A&M (0-2) was outgained 662-235. The Bell Dozer offense, and Whaley, were stopped on the Sooners' first drive before Williams took over as the primary runner. A week after making a big impression late in the Sooners' 24-7 win at UTEP, Williams had an even better showing against Florida A&M. The junior college transfer scored on three of his first four carries Saturday, including a bruising 15-yard run early in the second quarter that finished with a dive into the corner of the end zone that put the Sooners ahead 21-3. He added an 89-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: One game into the season and the Sooners appear pretty much a mess. At UTEP, Landry Jones passed for 222 yards and two scores, but 21-of-36 accuracy wasn't very impressive, and he easily could have thrown two interceptions. Also, the running game did very little until third-teamer Damien Williams was turned to late and finished with 104 yards on nine carries. The Sooners racked up 427 yards of total offense, but 24 points didn't seem like much to show for it. They should be better against FCS competition. They need to be. They need to start building with Big 12 play coming up next. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - The main concern for Stoops had to be his offensive line, which also had problems protecting Jones at the end of last season. In Oklahoma's first nine games of 2011 -- when the Sooners went 8-1 -- the O-line allowed only four sacks. In their final four games -- two of which they lost -- they allowed seven sacks, five of which came in the two losses. Jones struggled down the stretch, and the logical explanation was the loss of his favorite target, Ryan Broyles, not the offensive line. Jones completed 64.6 percent of his passes and threw for 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions before Broyles injured his knee; without Broyles, he completed only 59.7 percent of his passes, threw for one touchdown and was intercepted six times. Stoops has been on the defensive when it comes to his quarterback ever since. At Big 12 media days, he said: "I didn't ask him to improve on anything. I asked the 10 guys around him to improve." - C.J. Moore, CBSSports.com

09/04/2012 - BIG 12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: Landry Jones, Oklahoma: Jones' numbers against UTEP were underwhelming for a Heisman candidate and possibly one of the top QBs on the draft board: completing 22 of 36 passes for 222 passing yards and two touchdowns. Jones is going to need to step his game up for the Sooners to be great this year and for him to work his way into the first round. In defense of Jones, much of the blame was placed elsewhere for his performance. "When you got guys open, the line broke down," Bob Stoops said. "When the line held, then we didn't get open. It's just putting it all together." - C.J. Moore, CBSSports.com

09/04/2012 - Landry Jones might as well have been lathered in gold on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. The UTEP Miners chased after Jones like he was the grand prize, and the Oklahoma offensive line was hardly a deterrent. Jones was sacked three times in Oklahoma's 24-7 win, and when the Miners couldn't get to him, they often forced him to rush his throw or scramble out of the pocket. The performance reminded us that the Sooners lost two veteran offensive linemen to season-ending injuries during camp: C Ben Habern and G Tyler Evans. It was also the major difference in Week 1 between Oklahoma's offense and the offense of its greatest challenger, West Virginia. Both quarterbacks were facing teams that ranked in the bottom 30 in pass defense in 2011. Geno Smith barely wrinkled his jersey and had as much time as he wanted to complete 32 of 36 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns in a 69-34 win. Jones had the second-worst completion percentage of any Big 12 quarterback in Week 1, completing 22 of 36 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. "When you got guys open, the line broke down," Stoops said, via the Oklahoman. "When the line held, then we didn't get open. It's just putting it all together." - C.J. Moore, CBSSports.com

09/02/2012 - QB Landry Jones' 68-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills was OU's longest play from scrimmage since the 2010 game against Oklahoma State when he found Cameron Kenney for an 86-yard hook-up. Also, Jones continues to move up career leaderboards. By completing 21-of-36 passes for 222 yards and two scores, Jones is in a four-way tie for career NCAA touchdown passes (95) with Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury, N.C. State's Philip Rivers and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn. He also moved into 14th place in all-time passing yards at 12,318.

09/02/2012 - Landry Jones threw two touchdown passes and Damien Williams ran 65 yards for another score in the fourth quarter, helping No. 4 Oklahoma slog out a 24-7 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night. Oklahoma labored in its opener, unable to generate much of a running game or get anything downfield. Up just 10-7 in the fourth quarter, the Sooners stuffed UTEP on a fake punt to set up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Brannon Green and Williams sealed it late with his long run. The 30-point underdog Miners weren't intimidated by the mighty Sooners, the highest-ranked team they had faced at home. Nathan Jeffrey ran for 177 yards and returned a blocked punt 24 yards for a touchdown for UTEP, which also had a blocked field goal to remain tied with Oklahoma at the half. But the Miners had two kickers miss three field goals and gave the Sooners a short field with the fake punt in their own end in the fourth quarter, setting up the TD pass from Jones to Green that made it 17-7. Jones threw for 222 yards on 21 of 26 passing. The Sooners open this season, as they always seem to, with big expectations. - AP Sports

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 31. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Unfairly compared to former Sooners Heisman winner and 2009 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford. Jones has enjoyed statistical dominance with Oklahoma while struggling, at times, with decision-making and ball-placement when forced to move his feet. He has the combination of size, arm strength and experience, however, to leap right back into high first-round consideration should he improve his poise in a muddied pocket. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/29/2012 - Landry Jones is back for his fifth and final (hopefully; otherwise we're talking major injury) OU season. I asked Landry on Monday if he regretted not turning pro, since the NFL seems to be starting any rookie quarterback it can get its hands on. Landry smiled, which I consider a moral victory. "Not yet," he said. "I haven't really followed it too much. I don't have any regrets." Five NFL rookies appear set to start at quarterback in season openers, including three from the Big 12: Brandon Weeden with the Browns, Robert Griffin III with the Redskins and Ryan Tannehill with the Dolphins. The other two are Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) with the Seahawks and Andrew Luck (Stanford) with the Colts. Is it too far out of the realm of possibility to believe Landry Jones would have been starting for some NFL team. For the Tuesday Oklahoman, our gal Jenni Carlson wrote about Landry and his decision to return for his senior season. One interesting item concerning Landry is his mobility, which frankly in the past has been limited. But Bob Stoops said Landry has worked hard on improving his ability to move around the pocket. "Mobility is something I've worked on," Landry said. "Moving around in the pocket. Being able to move around, throw in tighter spaces." A few more things from Landry and his Monday press conference. On his leadership development: "From a quarterback, that's always your focus. You're looked at as the leader. You grow into that, the more games you play. Kind of grow into that position." - Berry Tramel, News Oklahoma

08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Landry Jones, Oklahoma...Already the holder of 13 school passing marks, Jones has thrown for 12,379 yards and 93 touchdowns in his first three seasons. A starter since his redshirt freshman season, Jones has led the Sooners to a 22-5 record the past two seasons and is 3-0 in bowl games for his career. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

07/24/2012 - A pair of Big 12 quarterbacks got married this summer. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, whose 27 rushing touchdowns last season broke the Big 12 record and matched the most for a BCS quarterback, married the daughter of former Kansas State standout and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Gary Spani. Oklahoma's Landry Jones got married earlier this month to former Lady Sooners basketball player Whitney Hand. ''Good for him. He's got a special wife, too,'' Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. ''Now we'll coach Landry like we always have.'' - AP Sports

07/24/2012 - Bob Stoops did not ask Landry Jones to improve during the offseason. In the Oklahoma coach's mind, it's the other 10 offensive players who surround the Sooner signal-caller who need to get better. Jones is already under the microscope going into his senior season. He's quarterbacking the team overwhelmingly picked to win the Big 12 in 2012. He's poised to statistically become the best quarterback in school history. But fresh in the mind of many is how Jones finished 2011, tossing zero touchdown passes and six interceptions in the Sooners' final four games after he lost No. 1 receiving target Ryan Broyles. Stoops stressed during Monday's press conference at Big 12 Media Days that Jones does not deserve the majority of the blame for the performance of the Sooner offense down the stretch. "Everybody (said), ???Oh, Landry struggled,'" Stoops said. "No, he didn't - the offense struggled. You had more dropped passes in the last three games, I couldn't even keep track of them. Didn't run the football as effectively as we needed to at all. "All of that goes together. To me, it's more of an issue of the offense and the offense around him than it is him." Then there's the question of how many reliable weapons Jones will have to throw to. Broyles is gone to the NFL. Three other receivers - Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson - were suspended indefinitely during the offseason for violating team rules. - Gina Mizell, The Daily Oklahoman

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Landry Jones, senior, QB, Oklahoma, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. The three are a part of 50 total on the watch list as OU joins Kansas State and USC as the only programs with three players on the list. With Friday's announcement, 10 Sooners have now accounted for 22 mentions on national college football awards preseason lists. Friday's lists marks Jefferson's fourth this preseason and the third for both Jones and Stills. Already on the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards lists, Jones leads the NCAA with 12,379 career passing yards and 93 career touchdowns. The Artesia, N.M., native enters the season tied with current OU running backs coach Cale Gundy (1990-93) for most career starts by a quarterback at OU with 37 and is just three wins away from tying Steve Davis (1973-75) for the OU career victories record of 32 wins. - Oklahoma football

07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Landry Jones, Oklahoma, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. A semifinalist for the award in 2011, Jones leads the NCAA with 12,379 career passing yards and 93 career touchdowns. Wednesday's announcement marked OU's 19th appearance on a preseason awards watch list. The Artesia, N.M., native enters the season tied with current OU running backs coach Cale Gundy (1990-93) for most career starts by a quarterback with 37 and is just three wins away from tying Steve Davis (1973-75) for the OU career victories record of 32 wins. - Oklahoma football

07/19/2012 - Oklahoma has been picked to win the Big 12, followed by West Virginia and Texas. A preseason poll of media members who cover the league was released Thursday. Oklahoma received 32 of a possible 41 first-place votes. The Mountaineers, who beat Clemson in the Orange Bowl last season, had seven first-place votes headed into their first season in the Big 12. The Longhorns were picked third, followed by defending league champion Oklahoma State. TCU is picked to finish its first year in the league in fifth place. The Horned Frogs and Kansas State (sixth) each got one first-place vote. Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas round out the poll. - AP Sports

07/10/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB Landry Jones (6-4, 230)...He stares down targets and his accuracy dips when forced to go away from his first read, showing poor footwork when rattled as he struggles to reset and step into his throws. Jones has put up big numbers as part of a pass-happy offense, lining up in a hybrid pistol/shotgun formation, and is reminiscent of Jay Cutler - frustrating passer and it doesn't always look pretty, but the tools are there and he gets results. He still has room to improve and needs to show more of a clutch gene and improve his ball placement before he'll be a first round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/10/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB Landry Jones (6-4, 230)...When Sam Bradford went down in the season opener back in 2009, Jones entered the game and held his own considering the shoes he was asked to fill. After three seasons as the Sooners' starter, he has been extremely productive and already owns 13 school passing records, including career passing yards (12,379). Jones came close to entering the 2012 NFL Draft, but he made the correct choice to return to Norman for his senior season in the fall. He was considered by some to be best prep football player out of the state of New Mexico, choosing Oklahoma over UCLA and Stanford. After redshirting in 2008, he started 10 games as a freshman in 2009 followed by his best season in 2010 as a sophomore (14 starts), finishing with 4,718 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and a 65.6 completion percentage. Jones appeared to take a step back last season as a junior, but he still produced positive numbers with 4,463 yards and 29 passing scores. He has NFL height and good body flexibility with the mobility to use his legs to extend the play. Jones has good arm strength and average accuracy, but his ball placement is too erratic at each level and he tends to make highly questionable decisions every game. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Landry Jones, Oklahoma, QB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Jones returns for his senior season as the nation's top returning passer with 12,379 career yards and 93 touchdowns. The Artesia, N.M., native enters the season tied with current OU running backs coach Cale Gundy (1990-93) for most career starts by a quarterback with 37 and is just three wins away from tying Steve Davis (1973-75) for the OU career victories record of 32 wins. - Oklahoma football

06/27/2012 - Heisman Watch 2012: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma - Unlike Barkley, Jones took a step backward in his junior season after establishing himself as one of the nation's best quarterbacks earlier in his career. He threw for an impressive 4,463 yards in 2011, but he was also picked off a career-high 15 times and seemed to come up small in big games, combining for zero touchdowns and three interceptions in crucial losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State. Jones clearly has the pedigree to make it on to this list, but he'll need to lead Oklahoma back to a BCS bowl game to have any shot at winning the award. - Nicholas DeLorenzo, The Sports Network

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 31. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: After a disappointing junior season, Jones made the right choice in electing to return to Norman to improve his decision-making and footwork. The 6-4, 230-pounder boasts the strong, accurate arm that scouts are looking for and could re-emerge as a top ten candidate with an improved 2012 campaign. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/01/2012 - In an article on ESPN.com Thursday Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken made a comment about Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones. When talking about Oklahoma State choosing a new quarterback to replace Brandon Weeden, Monken tried to make a point about how there aren't a lot of quarterbacks who can carry a team all by themselves. He used Landry Jones as his example. "It didn't take long when ol' (Ryan) Broyles went down and (Oklahoma) started running (Blake Bell) to think, ???Do we have our guy?' That didn't take long," Monken told David Ubben. "Landry Jones went from like, 'I'm the man,' to all of a sudden, 'I haven't thrown a touchdown pass (and) I'm fumbling it over my head at Oklahoma State. I gotta go back and see my quarterback guru.' " Monken was referencing Jones' performance against Oklahoma State last season in which he turned the ball over four times and Oklahoma lost 44-10. On Friday Monken issued an apology in a statement. "I want to apologize to Landry Jones and to the Oklahoma football program for using them as a specific example to illustrate a point concerning how quickly an injury to a key player can impact how a team plays. "While speaking to a visiting member of the media about the importance of a quarterback's confidence and demeanor, and about how quickly things can change in football, I made the mistake of making a specific reference to illustrate my point." - Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

04/19/2012 - Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, a preseason possibility for the Heisman Trophy, is totally secure as the top signal caller for the Sooners. Blake Bell seems to be establishing himself as the No. 2 quarterback and the heir apparent to Jones, a senior. On Saturday, Jones was pulled after 12 plays and Bell came in. He was 14-of-19 for 179 yards, including a 60-yard TD strike to Jaz Reynolds. Drew Allen, who is battling for the No. 2 spot, went 10-of-18 passing for 72 yards while freshman Kendal Thompson was went 7-for-9 for 42 yards. Bell carved out a reputation last season for the "Belldozer" formation - a running scheme that was very effective in short-yardage situations. On Saturday, he showcased his passing. "I think [Blake Bell] has improved in a great way and I feel Drew [Allen] has improved in a great way," said OU coach Bob Stoops. "They both understand much clearer what we want them to do, what their reads are and where to go with the football quicker. Those kinds of things and throwing the ball well didn't surprise me. I have seen them continually improve." - The Tulsa Beacon

04/09/2012 - Ranked as one of the top college quarterbacks in the country, Jones owns most OU passing records. He turned down being a probable first-round pick in the NFL Draft to return for his senior season. But for Jones to be a Heisman Trophy contender, voters will have to be cognizant of his touchdown totals - and touchdown-to-interception ratio won't dazzle anyone like some QBs who throw for 35 to 40 touchdowns. Jones threw for 29 TDs last season, 38 his sophomore year and 26 his redshirt freshman year, when he was pressed into duty after reigning Heisman winner Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him most of the season. But Jones could enjoy the best season of his career and still not throw for more than 20 to 25 touchdowns. Why? The Belldozer package. During the second half of last season, on most possessions when the Sooners marched near the end zone, backup quarterback Blake Bell trotted onto the field to run a power formation that was an overwhelming success. It was a scheme that helped Bell score a team-high 13 touchdowns despite playing in only seven games. With the Belldozer playing a key role, dramatically helping the Sooners improve touchdown production in the red zone, it also dramatically reduced Jones' touchdown totals. Over OU's final four games Jones' TD-to-interception ratio was 1-to-6 - that's one TD pass, six interceptions. - Michael Baldwin, News Oklahoma

04/05/2012 - Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones took advantage of spring break to head west to California. Not for a trip to the beach. He wanted to get some extra work in. Jones spent six days on Stanford's campus working with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr., who mentored Cam Newton last summer leading up to his selection as the top pick in the NFL draft. Clemson's Tajh Boyd also worked out with Whitfield while Jones was there, and Jones says he ran into projected No. 1 pick Andrew Luck after his workouts. After deciding to stay in school for his senior season, Jones has been trying to work on how high he holds the ball before he throws it and improving his movement in the pocket. - AP Sports

04/04/2012 - Most of Oklahoma's players spent spring break blowing off steam. Most went home for the week. Others hit the road for various vacation destinations. Quarterback Landry Jones used the time for some extra practice. He went to Palo Alto, Calif., for four days of one-on-one time with quarterback guru George Whitfield. Whitfield, who has made a name for himself working with prep quarterbacks as well as NFL starters, called Jones' father, Kevin, to see if the Sooner quarterback would be interested in going through a couple of sessions over spring break. "I saw him on TV and heard he was a good fundamentals coach," Jones said. "I decided instead of spending all my time at the beach or doing something like that, I went out there and got some work in." The workout sessions lasted for four days and consisted of morning and afternoon practices. Jones said he just wanted to get another opinion on what he's been doing and where he's at fundamentally. Whitfield worked with Cam Newton before he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Whitfield is also working with former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick when the NFL draft is held later this month. Jones, who will be a fifth-year senior this season, is expected to be in the mix for the top spot in the 2013 NFL draft. The decision to go see Whitfield did raise a few eyebrows. Sooner offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has a strong history of developing quarterbacks. "I just wanted a different look," Jones said. "I spend a lot of time with coach Heupel, and he's a great coach. I just wanted a little different perspective on things and seeing if he could help me out or anything like that. It was just one of those deals where I just wanted to get work in." - John Shinn, The Norman Transcript


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