More times than not, Jones made the right read while peppering the ball around to receivers Broyles, Dejuan Miller, Jaz Reynolds and tight end Trent Ratterree, who all had big days.
"I can just see a big progression, the way I see things out there,” said Jones, comparing his first game to his last. "When I first went in at BYU, it felt like things were going a hundred miles an hour. It was kind of hard to see some coverages.
"But now that I’ve been able to play a couple games, played this season, the game has slowed down more.”
That’s a huge positive for a Sooner offense with enough pieces in place to bounce back in 2010 from what was a sub-par season.
Broyles should be a preseason All-American. Miller and Reynolds have emerged as solid No. 2 and 3 receiving options, and figure only to improve.
If DeMarco Murray comes back for his senior season, as expected, OU will also boast a battle-tested runner.
And while the line remains a question, one thing’s for sure: with increased depth the Sooners won’t be forced to convert a tight end to right tackle, or shift a left tackle to center.
Yet with any offense, the biggest key to a successful season is quarterback play. That’s why the OU staff recruited Newton.
But the way Jones performed in the Sun Bowl, the Sooners don’t need Newton.
It appears OU already has its quarterback.
"I’ve felt like we’ve been heading in the right direction,” Jones said. "Finishing this game off, finishing the season this way.
"It gives us a lot of momentum for 2010.”