The unassuming Landry Jones
I got my first up-close-and-personal look at Landry Jones on Monday night. Sat next to him for several minutes during an interview Jones gave to several reporters.
I came away impressed with Jones. He’s unassuming. Very unassuming. Almost like he hasn’t figured out what a big deal he now is, with Sam Bradford on the disabled list and the Sooner football fortunes transferred to Jones’ hands.
When our man Jake Trotter informed Jones that the American Moustache Association had suddenly jumped on the Jones bandwagon, Jones sort of smiled but otherwise gave no reaction. “No, really, he’s telling the truth,” I told Jones.
“Really?” Jones replied. He had to be thinking, why is there an American Moustache Association and why is it interested in me?
Welcome to your new world. The Oklahoma quarterback, no matter the experience level, is lightning-rod position. A national post. And if Bradford isn’t back for Miami on Oct. 3, millions of Americans are going to hear about, see and in their own way critique that now-famous little moustache.
I don’t know if Landry Jones can quarterback. Anyone who puts any stock in anything he did against Idaho State is frantically loading up on fool’s gold. Idaho State is a far less guide than even practice. Every Sooner could go three-quarters speed in terms of decision-making and still come out fine.
You know how they always say football speeds up when the games arrive? Well, when Idaho State arrives, the game slows down. You can be sluggish and slow and be extra careful, because you’ll still have time to get the ball off or decide which receiver is open or which play to check to.
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