“I don't think you can make a decision based on whether your class is deep,” Jones said. “In every draft, there's going to be guys. There's going to be quarterbacks, guys who can run, guys who can catch. You have to make the right decision for you.”
The native New Mexican has thrown for an OU-record 12,218 yards in his career, with 92 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. This season, he was 339 for 537 for 4,302 yards, with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
The bowl game notwithstanding, he threw for 10 more touchdowns and two fewer interceptions in 2010.
Was there regression? It's debatable, and especially considering the midseason loss of All-American receiver Ryan Broyles. One aspect, the losses, likely isn't helping any perceptions about Jones' year.
“Ultimately, I think this place and quarterbacks here are measured by one thing,” OU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel said. “Fair or unfair, that's what we all get measured by.”
Heupel played the position at OU and bounced around NFL camps until injuries ended his attempt to play professionally. Does he see Jones as NFL-ready at this stage?
“Yeah, I think there's portions that are,” Heupel said. “There's always going to be an adjustment period when you go to that level. There are areas that he could have a bunch of growth on this level, too. Those are the things he gets to weigh.”
Of the half-dozen or so thrown out to him Tuesday, Jones did not really seem to indicate that any one factor would be weighted more than any other.
There might have been one that caused a slight spike in tone and demeanor for the relatively calm Jones: It was the idea of what kind of team OU could field in 2012.
With Jones, even given the disappointment this fall, the Sooners could again be Big 12 favorites next season.
“I think maybe, yeah, that might factor into it,” he said, “whether we might have a good year next year and kind of looking at the recruiting class and the guys who are going to be coming back.”