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January 3, 2013

Sooners’ polarizing QB has plenty of respect within locker room

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IRVING, Texas —

Didn’t happen. There’s a segment of OU’s fan base that will never let him forget it. Jones is OK with that.

“We both have extremely high standards,” Jones said. “For our fans, it is either national championship or we wait for next year to start playing again. That is the typical feel around here, but that’s OK. You would rather have that than say, ‘OK, if we win five games we are happy.’ Our fans are great and they have always supported us.”

But will they ever truly appreciate him? Only time will tell. Unfortunately, most don’t see the true value in something until it’s no longer around.

His teammates know what they’ve had at quarterback for the last four years and consider themselves lucky that Jones exhausted his eligibility at OU.

“He’s a guy that’s not a selfish football player and not a selfish guy,” center Gabe Ikard said. “He came back to help us go after a national championship. He came up a couple of games short. He had a great year and I think two games in a row he threw for 500 yards. It’s just when he has time, he can put it on the money anywhere on the field. In my opinion he’s had a great year. We’ve had a lot of guys go down and a lot of guys miss some time. For playing behind an offensive line that was all spatted up besides me, it was one of those things where he’s done a lot for this team.”

The prize is returning to the site that got Jones off on the wrong foot with OU fans. His first appearance was in relief of an injured Bradford in the 2009 season opener against BYU. Jones went 6 for 12, playing all of the second half in a 14-13 upset loss.

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