NORMAN — Oklahoma fans can relax in knowing the NFL is not on their quarterback's mind — at least not yet.
With lowly Kansas on deck, Landry Jones is immersed in a 5-0 season for the No. 3 Sooners. The junior is not yet concerned about the April draft, should he choose to even enter it.
“We'll wait until after the season to see where I'm at,” Jones said Tuesday. “I haven't made a … I haven't thought about that much yet.”
Some scouting services have Jones projected as high as a top-five pick. He has been consistently rated as the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the class. Jones is behind only Stanford's Andrew Luck, who is considered a once-in-a-generation talent.
Would there be a certain round or ceiling — top 10 or top five — that would influence Jones' thinking, one way or another?
“I haven't really put much thought into it, to be honest with you,” he said. “I really wouldn't know until I get in that situation or really understand what anyone's basing that on or against.
“It'll be a big decision. I'll definitely have to think about it, but I just have to see how it is after the season, what kind of position I'm in.”
Jones is the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week after throwing for 367 yards and three touchdowns in a rout of Texas. He had 305 of those yards and all three touchdowns in the first half.
Jones has 1,814 yards, 13 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 69.3 completion percentage — for a QB rating of 159.6 — in the first five games.
Just because he's not yet thinking about the NFL doesn't mean he isn't interested in that as a career choice.
“It's definitely exciting,” he said. “You get to do this as your job. I'd rather do that than anything else. That's what I'm working toward. But right now, my mind's not on that. I'm trying to win games around this place. If the opportunity comes, that's great.”
One additional factor is fiancee Whitney Hand. Hand is a redshirt junior guard for the OU women's hoops team, meaning she is eligible to return for a fifth season in 2012-13.
“I definitely would have to think about that, for sure, and talk to her about it,” Jones said, beginning to smile. “I mean, I did propose to her. I kind of have to include her, you know?”
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he doesn't have specific advice for Jones — or any other player — about whether to stay or leave. He is more into informing players about the pros and cons of leaving school for the NFL.
“I want him to really make an educated (decision) and have a full understanding of all it entails,” Stoops said. “For instance, look at the history of the draft and how many guys went out as quarterbacks that had another year, compared to the guys who didn't.
“Who knows this system and game better than Archie Manning? His two sons were pretty special. They didn't go out early. It's worked out pretty good for them. Seems to have worked out pretty good for Sam (Bradford).”
Stoops said OU sometimes even brings in agents to speak with players about what to expect. Jones said he had not personally participated in that consultation.
“We orchestrate that and do it through our office, so it's done properly — as opposed to behind the door somewhere,” Stoops said. “It's really just about being smart about it.”