The off-the-field, religious transformation he's experienced during his time in Norman, though, is what's helped him deal with the immense pressure of being Oklahoma's quarterback.
“I don't know if it would've been harder to ignore the criticism, but it would have affected me a lot more,” Jones said when asked how he might've handled the scrutiny before discovering his faith.
An element of the criticism stems from expectations set by past Stoops-era quarterbacks, but Jones said all he ever wanted to be at Oklahoma was himself.
“There are good things in different people's games you can take and look at, but at the end of the day, you are who you are and God's blessed you with a certain amount of ability in what you can do,” he said. “That's who you have to be.”
That's exactly who he is: He's not Sam Bradford. He's not Jason White.
He's Landry Jones, the quarterback who's set records, won lots of games and never once embarrassed the program or uttered a negative word about his critics.
And despite his mistakes, criticism and occasional losses, he's set the bar pretty high for those Sooner quarterbacks who follow him.