Monday, September 13, 2010
Oklahoma's next Heisman winner?
By Ben Lerner
Landry Jones transformed himself on Saturday from the mustached quarterback replacing Sam Bradford to a possible contender for the Heisman Trophy. Jones torched the Florida State Seminoles' defense for 380 yards, four touchdowns, and a 75 percent completion percentage in the Oklahoma Sooners' blowout victory. Jones has shown in 2010 that he has the ability to throw the ball downfield, an aspect Jones struggled with in 2009, allowing Oklahoma to open up the offense this season.
And don't assume Jones inflated his numbers on these longer throws against the Utah State Aggies. Jones connected on five of his six attempts of longer than 15 yards against Mark Stoops' defense.
The opportunity to work with Ryan Broyles throughout the spring and summer is surely one of the reasons for Jones' success. Broyles is the Sooners' best receiver and best deep threat, yet Jones struggled to find Broyles down the field last season. But in 2010, the two are in sync. Jones has completed 21 of his 27 pass attempts thrown Broyles' way, and has been almost perfect on downfield throws to Broyles.
While Oklahoma will first have to take care of business against the Air Force Falcons and Cincinnati Bearcats, Landry Jones is surely champing at the bit to get another shot at the rival Texas Longhorns. Last season, Jones completed just 1 of 10 passes against Texas thrown 15+ yards down the field. You can bet he won't repeat that performance.