Before the Sooners' 31-14 win over Iowa in the Insight Bowl, Jake Trotter and Brandon Chatmon analyzed each Oklahoma position group. Now, the SoonerNation staff is giving each position a grade for its performance in 2011.
Landry Jones was supposed to contend for a Heisman Trophy. Instead, his completion percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio plunged late in the season. Ryan Broyles’ injury had much to do with that. But Jones would be the first to admit this wasn’t the season he hoped to have. Overall, though, Jones still had a solid season, throwing for almost 4,500 yards and 29 touchdowns. Backup quarterback Blake Bell was a revelation out of the Belldozer package, and ended up leading the Sooners with 13 rushing touchdowns.
- Jake Trotter
Jones completed 63.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 4,463 yards and 29 touchdowns but some Sooner fans only remember the 15 interceptions and mental mistakes. Jones will return for his final season, opting to bypass a potential first round opportunity in the NFL draft, looking to silence critics. His final stretch of the season, played without Broyles, was not pretty. Bell pushed this grade from a 'B' to an 'A-' with his superb short yardage running and impact on the season despite very limited snaps.
- Brandon Chatmon
For the first half of the season, Jones was in the Heisman Trophy conversation. Following the injury of Broyles and the introduction of the Belldozer formation, Jones wasn’t the same. Jones handled the transition to Bell in short yardage situations in stride, but the offense felt like it was searching for its leader in the last fourth of the season.
- Bob Przybylo
Think of it this way: Jones and Bell combined for 44 touchdowns rushing and throwing this season -- just three less than Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III -- and they still can't get an 'A.' Most of that has to do with Oklahoma's quarterbacks throwing 16 interceptions on the season while Baylor's signal-caller had just 6. Jones' flaws were amplified without his star receiver during the latter half of the season, but he'll have time to prepare without him next season.
- Dane Beavers
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