NORMAN — The letter came with the result Landry Jones was expecting. It came with the best result imaginable, one he had dreamed about since he was a boy.
The Oklahoma quarterback in January received a first-round projection from the NFL's Draft Advisory Board.
By then, despite the millions of dollars that go along with that news, Jones had already determined he was not done at OU. He wanted another season, another chance to fulfill the goals he had set when he left Artesia, N.M., five years ago.
“I knew what I wanted to do,” said Jones, who made the decision to return for his senior season about 10 days earlier than he indicated he would. “I prayed about it, felt good about it. There are some things I want to accomplish, some goals. I just wanted to be back, really enjoy my senior year, my teammates, this team and being a Sooner for one more year.”
That year now begins in earnest, with Jones' fifth round of spring ball. So, what exactly is left for Jones, already the school's all-time leading passer, who will likely become OU's winningest quarterback this fall?
He said, as you would expect, that competing for a national title is requisite. But he did not shy from publicly establishing a couple of personal goals: being an All-American and a Heisman finalist.
“I'm lucky enough to be at a place like Oklahoma,” Jones said, “where I have a lot of good guys around me that I'm capable of making those things come true, maybe.”
OU coach Bob Stoops said he would like to see Jones be more precise “in everything that we're doing.” But that charge isn't solely made in Jones' direction; it's more of an offense-wide challenge. Still, when you have an experienced quarterback, he is expected to be the leader of that initiative.
And it is rare to have someone who has taken as many college snaps as Jones. He was thrust into duty as a freshman because of Sam Bradford's shoulder injury, and he never relinquished the spot.
Jones has thrown 1,628 passes as a Sooner, completing 1,021 for 12,379 yards. He has thrown 93 touchdowns.