Sooners quarterback Landry Jones has his team off to the races in 2012 despite seemingly subpar performances. Then again, our expectations of a potential Heisman winner are appropriately high. Additionally, Oklahoma is 2-0 and has room to improve.
On September 22, Jones and Oklahoma will look to remain undefeated at home against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Landry Jones' senior season will determine how glamorously he is remembered in Oklahoma history. As the immediate successor to current St. Louis Rams QB and Heisman winner Sam Bradford as the Sooners' offensive centerpiece, Jones has had big shoes to fill.
Since the starting position fell into his lap following a Bradford injury in 2009, Landry Jones has yet to relinquish the role. He now holds the school records for passing yards, completions and touchdowns.
He could be the first-ever Sooner QB to win the Heisman and a BCS Championship in the same season. In 2012, Jones will even eclipse Sooners all-time win holder Steve Davis (32), making him the most decorated passer in Sooners history.
A win against the Wildcats will mark 32 for Oklahoma's senior gunslinger. Here's how he'll do it.
Plenty of Chances
So far this season, Landry Jones has averaged 32 throwing attempts per game. He has connected on 40 of 64 passes, four of which were for scores.
The upcoming matchup against Kansas State will provide no reason for Jones to slow his pace.
The Wildcats have been lowering the hammer against opponents over the first three weeks. K State has reached a 3-0 record by a combined score of 138 to 43. They will look to outscore the Sooners in what is sure to be a shootout right out of the gate.
Jones aims to ensure that Oklahoma comes out of the battle on top. To do so, he will have to complete a high percentage of a high number of attempts.
Consistent Protection from the Offensive Line
At the end of the 2012 season, Landry Jones will graduate and his days as Oklahoma's starting quarterback will be over. He'll most likely be in great physical condition, because his offensive line keeps him safe the majority of the time.
Last season, Jones attempted over 500 passes and was only sacked nine times. The Sooners recognize that taking care of their quarterback is the top priority and do an excellent job in protection.
The Kansas State defense will not get to him enough to disrupt Jones' day. Look for him to pick apart the secondary a bit and get back on track after a recent string of inefficient outings.
Ongoing Chance for Prestige
Landry Jones' career as a Sooner is nearing its twilight. This year represents the unique opportunity for Jones to cement his status as one of the greatest in Oklahoma football history. Only, Jones hasn't seemed to seize the moment yet.
For all of 2012, Jones and the Sooners will be gunning for it all. Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma is explosive and near as complete a team as exists in college football.
Yet, every team needs a star to grab the reins and take the squad to the top. This is Landry Jones' last remaining chance to achieve the highest recognition in college sports for an individual and with his team.
Spurning the NFL draft for one last run at it all, Jones needs to be the man around Oklahoma City. The Sooners' chances for success are riding on his shoulders, continuing against Kansas State during Week 3.