NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones capped his redshirt freshman season with his best career performance, passing for 418 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-27 Sun Bowl win over Stanford.
So far this off-season, Jones has only built on that performance, which has Sooner coaches excited about the prospects for next season.
"He’s been solid. Very solid,” coach Bob Stoops said. "He needs to continue that way, but he’s working hard at it and I’ve been pleased.”
Stoops was especially pleased with Jones’ performance in OU’s first — and thus far only — scrimmage of the spring last Saturday.
With Jones at the helm, the offense moved the ball efficiently against a defense returning most of its starters from a unit ranked among the best in the nation last season.
"Landry is more confident,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "I think he understands that, and now that he has played some, he does not have to think as much, and he is getting more comfortable.”
A couple of days after that first scrimmage, Jones spoke with The Oklahoman
about how different he feels as the presumptive starter, and what he hopes to accomplish before the start of next season:
Could you talk about how the scrimmage went for you and the offense?
"I thought it went pretty well, for our first scrimmage. Of course, I missed some things, but that’s what scrimmages are for, to get better. It’s the most similar thing you can get to a game, so I was pretty pleased with my performance.”
Did you feel any different from the Sun Bowl to now, having that full season under your belt?
"Yeah, I can already tell the difference in the way I’m seeing stuff now and what I was seeing then. Just getting the experience of playing in the Sun Bowl and getting the experience of playing most of the year last year.”
Does it feel a little different too that Sam (Bradford) has moved on?
"Obviously, Sam is a great player, who won a bunch of games and a Heisman Trophy and all that kind of stuff.