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July 29, 2010

Perhaps it is time to believe in Landry

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IRVING, Texas —

That doesn’t mean grabbing Jones in your fantasy Heisman draft, or placing him alongside White and Sam Bradford among Stoops era quarterbacks, is a great idea.

What it does mean, however, is it’s fair to imagine Jones with all of his strengths and few of the weaknesses he exhibited a season ago that had thrown-into-the-fire-too-fast written all over them. Really, that might have been all of his weaknesses.

It’s easy to forget we’re talking about a guy who completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 3,198 yards for 26 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Those numbers aren’t too far off Josh Heupel’s 2000 stat line: 64.2 percent for 3,606 yards, 20 touchdowns, 14 interceptions.

“The fear of the unknown is what gets a lot of people,” said Broyles, sounding like an old sage, a million miles away from the Norman High senior who couldn’t choose between Bedlam rivals. “Now he knows what he needs to do.”

It was easy a year ago to focus on Jones’ interceptions or to not like him just because he wasn’t Bradford or White. Hard was realizing his body of work, for a first-year quarterback, was much nearer extraordinary than good enough.

Murray spoke of Jones “leadership, he’s become more vocal, his mechanics are a lot better.”

“He’s reading defenses a lot better,” Broyles said.

Broyles said one other thing, too. For good or ill, even like night and day, Jones may still carry a component from his maiden voyage that won’t go away.

“Landry’s the kind of player who takes chances,” Broyles said. “That’s what a receiver likes because receivers like to take chances.”

Jones still needs to be protected and his defense must get him back on the field. Still, there’s no reason the guy behind center shouldn’t be a real strength for the Sooners.

Clay Horning 366-3526 cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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