OSU Football Notebook: Landry Jones ready for the NFL
BY GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
1/01/13 at 5:37 AM
Landry Jones will quarterback one final college game Friday night against Texas A&M, then begin training for April's NFL draft.
The Oklahoma quarterback hasn't spoken a lot about pro football this season, choosing instead to focus on the task at hand. But he did open up some about his future during a Cotton Bowl media appearance Monday morning after a reporter asked about the success rookies Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are enjoying in pro ball.
"You don't play this game if you don't think you are going to be successful," Jones said. "For me, there is no doubt in my mind that if someone picks me up I will be a good fit for that team. If someone picks me up, I know that we are going to win games, have successful years and go after Super Bowls. I have that type of confidence in myself if someone wants to take a shot on me."
Sooners to face a pro Friday night: OU underclassmen Tony Jefferson, Aaron Colvin, Trey Millard and Kenny Stills all have stay-or-go decisions to make after the Cotton Bowl. Texas A&M junior defensive end Damontre Moore announced his this week - he's entering the NFL draft.
"It's a good feeling to get it out of the way," Moore said Monday. "It is one less thing so now I can truly focus on beating OU."
If the Aggies do, in fact, beat the Sooners, Moore will likely have a lot to do with it. He has 80 tackles this season, 20 of which went for lost yardage, plus 12 1/2 sacks.
"He deserves all the hype," OU center Gabe Ikard said.
Advantage, Sooners: Texas A&M's pass defense ranked 79th in college football in the SEC.
Now, the Aggies step up in class.
"They are the best receiving corps we have played," A&M safety Steven Terrell said Monday. "All four positions have playmakers. They have Jalen Saunders in the middle and Kenny Stills and some others.
"We really have to make sure we have good eyes and not have any coverage busts and not give up any easy touchdowns."
Woods on the way: OU's scout team standouts this season were a pair of freshmen - quarterback Trevor Knight and wide receiver Derrick Woods. Knight has enough potential to be considered at least a candidate in OU's starting quarterback derby beginning this spring.
As for Woods?
"He's the most improved player, by far, in our receiving corps," Stills said Monday. "He's a pure athlete, a great athlete, but there's a lot of stuff that kids have to learn coming from high school to college.
"He wants to make an impact next year on the field."