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OU football: 'Belldozer' cuts down on Landry Jones' touchdown passes

The Sooners quarterback loves to throw for TDs, but he gives a thumbs up for whatever helps win ballgames.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: April 8, 2012

Jones' interception totals have been 14, 12 and 14 his three seasons as the starter.

Even with the Belldozer package, Jones probably will throw around 20 to 25 touchdowns.

“You like it anytime you score touchdowns,” said Jones, who has endorsed the Belldozer since its inception. “But you also like to throw touchdowns, too, so I hope they don't take it all out.”

Jones broke into a wide smile.

Ask any quarterback, and most will respond that their first priority is to win the game followed by minimizing turnovers. Give a truth serum to a competitive quarterback, and his favorite plays are picturesque TD passes that bring the crowd to its feet.

Jones has experienced that feeling often throughout his career. Jones has passed for a school record 93 touchdowns with 41 interceptions, a solid 2.27-to-1 ratio.

But this season, it will be difficult to match his career TD-to-interception ratio unless he dramatically reduces his interceptions or the Belldozer package isn't as prevalent. That's why the traditional quarterback evaluation statistic won't be as relevant for Jones.

This season, Jones' play should be measured by total yards, completion percentage and, of course, the most relevant stat for any quarterback — wins.

“Landry continues to improve,” said wide receiver Kenny Stills. “He's more confident, more experienced. He's ready to go out and prove everybody wrong. I think everybody is kind of doubting Landry. He wants to show he's an elite quarterback.”

Jones has his critics, but they're in the minority.

Minimizing turnovers always is a priority. But any quarterback that's thrown for more than 12,000 yards and nearly 100 touchdowns has produced countless big plays. But this season, because of the Belldozer, Jones probably will throw fewer TD passes.


Jones' TD passes

Nearly 80 percent of senior quarterback Landry Jones' 93 TD passes were thrown to receivers/tight ends/running backs no longer on OU's roster.

39 Ryan Broyles

13 Kenny Stills

9 James Hanna

9 DeMarco Murray

5 Cameron Kenney

5 Jaz Reynolds

3 Adrian Tennell

3 Trent Ratterree

2 Trey Millard

2 Brandon Caleb

1 Dejuan Miller

1 Trey Franks

1 Chris Brown

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