FORT WORTH, Texas — Only two games remain in Oklahoma's Landry Jones era.
Several lofty goals — at least a share of the Big 12 championship, a coveted BCS berth and a fourth straight bowl win — are still within reach for the senior quarterback and his team, which kicks off its regular-season finale at 11 a.m. Saturday inside TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Jones could also gain lots personally if his next two games mirror the last pair; he racked up more than 1,000 passing yards and nine touchdowns leading OU to consecutive fourth-quarter comebacks and wins.
“I hope they were watching,” Jones said of NFL scouts.
The most prolific passer in program history, Jones' status in the eyes of fans and professional football scouts alike has been ostensively hot and cold.
“They're gonna write him up on body of work, but everything you do can affect something,” said former OSU coach Pat Jones, who spent 11 seasons as an NFL assistant.
Landry Jones went nearly two months without a touchdown pass toward the end of his junior season, but still would've likely been among the top quarterbacks taken in last April's draft.
At the time he decided to return to college, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had him pegged the draft's No. 15 overall and No. 3 quarterback prospect, behind eventual No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
But in a mid-October conference call, Todd McShay, another ESPN analyst, said of Landry Jones, “I've never seen a quarterback with his ability and his potential be so inconsistent with his confidence in the pocket.”
The Sooner senior's on-field demeanor has been solid the last two weeks, though, particularly during fourth-quarter comebacks.
His audible and pinpoint touchdown pass with seconds remaining allowed the Sooners to escape West Virginia a 50-49 victor.
Then last week in Bedlam, he led an impressive drive that allowed the Sooners to tie Oklahoma State, force overtime and ultimately win.
“Those defenses are sorry,” Pat Jones said. “If I was writing a report up, I would say they were subpar defenses.”
Pat Jones also said Landry's propensity for mental errors might concern scouts.
“That would probably be an area to question for the guys who have seen him quite a bit; not a huge one, though, because he's pretty good,” said Pat Jones, who thinks Jones will probably be a late-first or early second round pick.
Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks, now an NFL.com analyst, wrote this week that Landry Jones is “the most gifted” of the 2013 quarterback class, but also its “biggest enigma.”
Brooks grades Jones as a mid-second round pick.
“While his decision-making and poise under pressure remain concerns ... I believe he has made significant strides over the past year,” Brooks wrote.
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell was an NFL assistant for six seasons. From 1998 through 2001, he was on the Colts' staff, getting an up-close view of Peyton Manning's first few NFL seasons.
“I don't think there's any question that he's playing his best football right now,” Norvell said. “That's a great thing for us, and for him, too.”