Meeting the team: offensive player No. 23

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated presents perhaps the most important player on the offensive side of the ball at this spot.

Player: Landry Jones

Hometown: Artesia, N.M.

Class: Redshirt senior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-4, 229 pounds

Likely position on fall depth chart: Starting quarterback

The rundown: Jones, who was set to be a first round NFL Draft selection, elected to return for his final season in a Crimson and Cream uniform after throwing for 4,463 yards and 29 touchdowns to 15 interceptions in 2011. He has amassed program records of 12,379 career yards and 93 touchdowns. Jones also owns the records for completions (1,021) and attempts (1,628) amongst his 13 program passing records. He's a Manning Award finalist and headlines an offense that has been nothing short of prolific in recent years.

Expectations for 2012: His task is multi-faceted. First and foremost, as quarterback at the University of Oklahoma, Jones is expected to be the one to finally lead this team to the program's eighth national championship. Leadership, command in the huddle, poise in pressure situations, moxie, all of those are traits he must demonstrate along the way. In the process, Sooner faithful will expect him to perform at a first team All-Big 12 caliber level. Throwing anywhere between 4,500 and 5,000 yards again would put him firmly in third all-time in the NCAAs with a chance to pass Timmy Chang, who finished with 17,072 career passing yards. Jones certainly has his work cut out for that, and he has many expectations heading into his final year as OU's signal caller.

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