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Landry Jones could be the Big 12's best quarterback

OU beat writer Jake Trotter writes that an argument could be made for Landry Jones as the league's top QB.
By Jake Trotter Modified: October 4, 2010 at 11:32 am •  Published: October 3, 2010

NORMAN — Before the season, some wondered if Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones would be able to fend off Blake Bell or Drew Allen to keep his job.

Before the end of the season, Jones may be fending off Brandon Weeden, Robert Griffin and Taylor Martinez for All-Big 12 quarterback.

In fact, if the season ended today, a strong argument could be made that Jones would be most deserving of the honor.

With Saturday's victory, Jones continued to build on what's becoming a terrific sophomore campaign, completing 24 of 39 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and most importantly, no interceptions against the Longhorns.

Outside two almost fumbles — one negated by a Texas penalty, the other he knocked out of bounds — Jones was magnificent to win his first Red River start.

"The guy is playing fabulously," coach Bob Stoops said. "Great arm, quick release, smart, taking care of the ball."

Jones may not have Weeden's completion percentage. Or Griffin's quarterback rating. Or Martinez's rushing numbers.

But Jones is first in the Big 12 and fourth in the nation with 1,457 passing yards. Since a shaky season-opening performance against Utah State, Jones is completing 67 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns to just a single interception.

"He's playing well," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "Taking care of the ball. No turnovers. How many sophomores are doing that?"

Against Texas, not only was Jones turnover-free, he operated the hurry-up offense out of the gate with precision and efficiency, leading the Sooners to touchdowns on their first two drives while putting the Longhorns on their heels the entire first half.

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How Landry Jones compares with the other top Big 12 quarterbacks:

Player, school — Yards — Pct. — TD/INT — Rating — Rush yards, TDs — Wins over Top 25 teams

Landry Jones, OU — 1,457 — 63.9 — 11/3 — 137.4 — (-89), 0 — 2

Robert Griffin, Baylor — 1,351 — 62.0 — 11/2 — 151.4 — 221, 4 — 0

Jerrod Johnson, A&M — 1,274 — 60.8 — 12/8 — 137.2 — 73, 1 — 0

Brandon Weeden, OSU — 1,259 — 71.3 — 13/4 — 169.7 — (-54), 0 — 0

Taylor Potts, Tech — 1,187 — 64.7 — 12/3 — 137.1 — (-39), 0 — 0

Garrett Gilbert, Texas — 1,151 — 63.3 — 4/5 — 118.8 — 14, 0 — 0

Blaine Gabbert, Mizz. — 1,039 — 68.2 — 5/3 — 133.0 — (-10), 2 — 0

Taylor Martinez, Neb. — 532 — 59.6 — 2/3 — 139.1 — 496, 8 — 0

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