NORMAN — Landry Jones learned the hard way about pregame traffic in Norman on fall Saturdays.
The former Oklahoma quarterback and Pittsburgh Steelers rookie appeared at the AT&T Fan Zone Tour before Saturday's home game against TCU. Jones took pictures and participated in a Q&A with OU fans.
But Jones was almost late for his appearance after he got caught in pregame traffic.
“I ended up having to run all the way over here to be here on time,” Jones said with a laugh. “It was just totally different. Something I've never done before.”
The record-setting former Sooner chatted with The Oklahoman about several topics, including the NFL life, OU's new offensive system and his “terrible” first play as a pro quarterback in the preseason, when he ran into his running back and fumbled into the end zone, causing a safety.
Q: What has been the biggest adjustment for you between college football and the NFL?
The playbook and the speed of the game. It's a different offense that I'm playing in, but it's fun. Just living the dream and getting to chase after a great opportunity.
And now you're playing in an offense that huddles up.
That's one thing I had to get used to, calling plays in the huddle and doing that type of stuff. I'm getting used to it now.
Your first NFL snap in the preseason obviously didn't go very well …
The first play was terrible.
Was it tough to bounce back from that?
There was literally nowhere to go but up from there, so all the pressure was off. It was just one of those things that happened, miscommunication between me and the running back. After that, it was all fine. It was definitely good to learn from.
You didn't miss a start in nearly four years as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, but now you're working as a backup. Is that a tough adjustment?