OU Insider: Sooners' Landry Jones knows he can play better
NORMAN – This is the standard Landry Jones has set for himself.
The Oklahoma quarterback can put up one of the best stat lines of college football's first weekend (he did), and yet there is room for discussion and dissection. That's what happens when you're a Heisman candidate. That's what happens when you're QB1 for the nation's top team.
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Let's make it very clear that Jones, like the rest of the Sooners, was by and large good in Saturday's 47-14 rout of Tulsa. No doubting that. You simply cannot complete 74.5 percent of your passes, throw none to the other team, rack up 375 yards and have a bad night.
The junior from New Mexico didn't. But he could have been better. And he knows it.
“Pretty good,” Jones said, when asked to give himself an evaluation. “A little off on some plays and some routes I feel like I missed. I'll watch the film, see how I played and then clean up my mistakes from there.”
In the scope of being “off,” Jones, unlike another quarterback in the state, is not having to explain three interceptions. Jones might have made mistakes, but they were not critical errors, ones that could have kept Tulsa in the game.
But Jones wassometimes errant in throwing to open receivers. A couple of times, he threw to the wrong receiver.
On the second drive, Jones missed an open Trey Millard in the back of the end zone. The throw was high and a little too far in front of Millard, serving as the H-back. Jones also had Dominique Whaley wide open to the right, near the pile-on.
That possession ended in a very short field goal, causing Jones and coordinator Josh Heupel to grouse afterward about red-zone inefficiency.
Later in the quarter, Jones threw off his back foot and forced one to Broyles, who had two Tulsa defenders on his back. That's something Jones will want to be careful of, not telegraphing throws to his top target.
On the next possession, Jones ran a beautiful stretch play-fake to Whaley and then lofted a ball downfield toward Broyles. It was underthrown, obvious to Jones as soon as he let it go. If it's anyone other than Broyles (or maybe Kenny Stills), it probably doesn't get caught. But the All-American made a nice adjustment and caught the ball for a 50-yard gain, with a Tulsa defensive back glued to him.