NORMAN — Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones wraps up a prolific career Jan. 4 in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M.
Jones will leave Norman as the Sooners' record holder in numerous passing categories. During his four seasons as quarterback, Oklahoma claimed two Big 12 championships and now has the opportunity to win four straight bowl games.
Jones spoke to reporters last week at a news conference to preview the Cotton Bowl and discuss his legacy.
What do you think the Cotton Bowl will mean to your legacy at OU?
“It's just another big bowl game that we get to go to. It's another good team, a team ranked in front of us. It's going to be a big challenge for us. For me, my legacy here or whatever you want to call it, it's just another game I get to go out and prove myself and hopefully play to the best of my abilities.”
How much did improving your legacy play into your decision to come back to Oklahoma, and what do you think your legacy is heading into your final start?
“I didn't think too much about legacy or anything like that coming back. I just really wanted to make the right decision for me and my family. Now, like I've always said, I hope my legacy here is bigger off the field than maybe on the field. A guy that always pushed his teammates toward Christ and always made that very evident that he's the answer to their lives. And he's the answer to our lives and the reason why we're here on the earth.”
What about your legacy on the field?
“I hope I go out the way I want to go out. I hope I go out with a win and playing very well. We'll see on Jan. 4 how that ends up.”
You have any interest in watching Johnny Manziel from the sideline?
“If you get a chance to watch it's in between series. For me it's communicating with the offense, and if you get a chance to watch the other team or watch the defense, it's kind of a bonus.”
You have a chance to prove that you're the better quarterback in the game. Is that a mindset you go into the Cotton Bowl with?
“I don't think so. You play against so many good players throughout the year. We've played Notre Dame, who had a Heisman finalist. We played Kansas State, who had a Heisman finalist. Now we get to play Texas A&M. The guy on their team won the Heisman. ... If he has a great game, he has a great game. I don't really have anything to do with his playing and what he'll do on Jan. 4.”
Who's going to be the starting quarterback in 2013?
“I have no idea. I don't know. You probably wanna ask Coach (Bob) Stoops or Coach (Josh) Heupel about that one.”