OU football notebook: Landry Jones improves his NFL future
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 2:47 AM
Quarterback Landry Jones was asked if he thinks he's improved his NFL Draft stock with his past few performances.
The senior has thrown for 1,054 yards and nine touchdowns against two interceptions in the past two weeks alone, and averaged 340.3 passing yards per game in November.
"I hope so. I hope I did," Jones said. "I hope they were watching. You think about it every once in a while, but for me that's not the reason why I came back here this year.
"I came back to be a senior, to go after a national championship, which now it's kind of out of our hands, but to be on this team again, impact some guys and just be with my teammates."
OU coach Bob Stoops was posed the same question.
"The way he's played through this year has only helped him and improved him," Stoops said. "He'll be a great quarterback for somebody."
Airing it out more: TCU threw the football only 10 times in a 20-13 win over Texas on Thanksgiving Day.
Does Frogs coach Gary Patterson think the team can do the same against the visiting Sooners in Saturday's 11 a.m. matchup?
"Probably not," Patterson said. "Not the way they (Oklahoma) are playing on offense. If we can run the football and we can get it done, we will take it, but we probably can't do that again."
Fourth-down pressure: In consecutive games, Oklahoma's offense has made a game-tying or winning touchdown on fourth down. What is that feeling like?
"It's hard to describe," Jones said. "There's excitement that goes into it. There is a lot of pressure. I think there's maybe some weight that goes in, just the heaviness of feeling that this is an important play or this is an important drive.
"So, whenever you get it and you're successful at it, it feels like everything's just kind of lifted off your shoulders. I don't know; it's just really fun."
Comparing the two: All victories are big ones. But Jones was asked if last weekend's Oklahoma State win was more satisfying than the October triumph over Texas.
"Probably (the OSU win)," Jones said. "Yeah, it was my last time to play Texas, but this was my last time to play Okie State and it was my last home game.
"So, to win the way we did, I think this game was more satisfying than the Texas game was."
Calling the action: Saturday's Oklahoma-TCU game will be on ESPN. Calling the action will be Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Shannon Spake (sideline).