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Oklahoma football: Landry Jones has plenty to gain from Sooners' final games

Several lofty goals — at least a share of the Big 12 championship, a coveted BCS berth and a fourth straight bowl win — are still within reach for Landry Jones and the Sooners. But he also has a chance to improve his NFL Draft stock.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 30, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Only two games remain in Oklahoma's Landry Jones era.

Several lofty goals — at least a share of the Big 12 championship, a coveted BCS berth and a fourth straight bowl win — are still within reach for the senior quarterback and his team, which kicks off its regular-season finale at 11 a.m. Saturday inside TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Jones could also gain lots personally if his next two games mirror the last pair; he racked up more than 1,000 passing yards and nine touchdowns leading OU to consecutive fourth-quarter comebacks and wins.

“I hope they were watching,” Jones said of NFL scouts.

The most prolific passer in program history, Jones' status in the eyes of fans and professional football scouts alike has been ostensively hot and cold.

“They're gonna write him up on body of work, but everything you do can affect something,” said former OSU coach Pat Jones, who spent 11 seasons as an NFL assistant.

Landry Jones went nearly two months without a touchdown pass toward the end of his junior season, but still would've likely been among the top quarterbacks taken in last April's draft.

At the time he decided to return to college, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had him pegged the draft's No. 15 overall and No. 3 quarterback prospect, behind eventual No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

But in a mid-October conference call, Todd McShay, another ESPN analyst, said of Landry Jones, “I've never seen a quarterback with his ability and his potential be so inconsistent with his confidence in the pocket.”

The Sooner senior's on-field demeanor has been solid the last two weeks, though, particularly during fourth-quarter comebacks.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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