The anti-Jones rhetoric became even louder late last season, when Jones went the final three regular-season games without a touchdown pass following Ryan Broyles’ season-ending ACL tear, and backup Blake Bell rushed for 11 of OU’s final 14 touchdowns of the year.
Jones was asked after practice Monday about how he deals with the pressure and criticism that comes with being the Sooners’ starting quarterback.
“You just have to realize what you are capable of and what you are out there to do, and leave everything else kind of off to the side,” Jones said. “You have to focus on what you can control. Those other outside deals or what people are saying to you … You have to control your emotions and how you react to things.”
Jones, who became OU’s starter as a redshirt freshman in 2009 after Heisman winner Sam Bradford’s injuries, needs just four wins to become the Sooners’ all-time winningest quarterback. He’s the school’s all-time leader in career passing yards, touchdowns, attempts and completions.