Landry Jones growing as player in final year

April, 10, 2012
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Further understanding of the Sooners' offense is one of the biggest positives of having quarterback Landry Jones return for his senior season at Oklahoma.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireOklahoma's Landry Jones has thrown for 93 career touchdowns.
It will be Jones' fifth year in Norman, meaning his understanding of the offense should be second to none.

“That’s where experienced players grow in your system,” co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. “Instead of doing more offensively, you’re just allowing them to play and take advantage of the things that come in your offense. I think that’s where he’s really starting to change his game as a quarterback.”

Jones, who has started 37 games for OU, has the experience to be able to fully utilize all options while running OU’s offense this fall.

“We are looking for Landry to take advantage of more of the opportunities in our system,” Norvell said. “And that comes from maturity and understanding, sometimes a clear route becomes the opportunity for a big play if you understand it better.

“And I think that’s where he’s getting in his progression. We might not be taking a good look at a clear [route] but if he has the right matchup, he may take it.”

Which will make the Sooners' offense more explosive, particularly if OU’s receiving corps turns from a talented and deep group to a talented, deep and consistently productive one.

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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