Sooners put their trust in quarterback Landry Jones

Jake Trotter Modified: September 10, 2009 at 9:12 am •  Published: September 10, 2009

/> "Landry was the only guy in the locker room that was talking,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who described the room as a morgue. "He was picking us up. And this is a guy that hasn’t talked much. But he had a look in his eye.”

Even though he didn’t win Saturday, Jones knows how to quarterback a team to victory. He led his New Mexico high school to back-to-back state championships while compiling an overall record of 24-2 in two years as the starting quarterback.

"One of the things they’ll find out right away is that he’s a really great leader,” said Cooper Henderson, Jones’ high school coach. "He has real great composure.

"In tough situations, you will not see him change.”

Jones and the Sooners find themselves in one tough situation.

Not only are the Sooners now one loss away from being eliminated from the national-title picture, they have been decimated by injuries to Bradford and All-American tight end Jermaine Gresham, who is out for the year following Tuesday’s knee surgery.

Until Bradford returns, which could take up to a month or longer, the onus will be on Jones to help fill his void.

"It was a lift to us that the guys saw Landry play in a positive way,” Wilson said. "It gave us some confidence, that we can have a good football team.”

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