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Greatest Oklahoma Sooner Quarterbacks-Number Nine, Landry Jones

Greatest Oklahoma Sooner Quarterbacks-Number Nine:  Landry Jones

 

Photo: ESPN.com

Being true to my rating system takes a detour as I continue the countdown to the greatest Sooner quarterback that I have seen.  Landry Jones, the most difficult player to rank, could have been my number two, or anyplace in between where I have him at number nine.  The all-time passing leader in Norman, a four year player that started all but a couple of games as a freshman as of Sam Bradford’s injuries in 2009, two of the best statistical games of all time for his position at OU, Landry Jones made his mark as a great quarterback.

 

He beat Texas three times as the starter.

 

But with all the great things he accomplished, his legacy will be overshadowed by others as of taking OU to higher levels of national presence and the fact that he was the signal caller in Coach Bob Stoops lessor seasons. 

 

He lost to Oklahoma State and that is something that cannot be slighted.  

 

Jones has always taken a bad rap with the fans and I am sure there will be more positives remarks than negative that I rank him 9th and not higher, like 2nd.  With that, do not slight Jones as his ability to play the position on teams that were not  Bob Stoops best did hinder him as a winner at Oklahoma. 

 

He will be remembered more fondly as the years pass, and the fact that he played his four years and did not try to take his game to the next level until he had filled his eligibility as a college player must be noted. 

 

Jones had the skills of an NFL quarterback, even if it was a reserve role for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a great college player in a program that has had great college players at his position. 9th is not a disappointment but an honor.

 

Jones is currently third all-time in NCAA passing yards with 16.646.  He is 7th in all time passing touchdowns with 123, and that is 2nd on OU’s all-time list with Baker Mayfield at 131, who is tied with three others in 4th place all-time nationally. 

 

 

Statistics

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2009 Oklahoma 261 449 58.1 3,198 7.1 26 14 130.8 35 −113 −3.2 0
2010 Oklahoma 405 617 65.6 4,718 7.6 38 12 146.3 51 −128 −2.5 1
2011 Oklahoma 355 562 63.2 4,463 7.9 29 15 141.6 32 −24 −0.8 2
2012 Oklahoma 367 555 66.1 4,267 7.7 30 11 144.6 14 −110 −7.9 0
Career 1,388 2,183 63.6 16,646 7.6 123 52 141.5 132 −375 −2.8 3

 

Feature photo:  Landry Jones throws against Okla. State in Stillwater.  Newsok.com

 

 

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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