Jones Looking Forward to Bowl

NORMAN, Okla. -- OU quarterback Landry JOnes is looking forward to playing in the Sun Bowl, which is about 3 1/2 hours away from his home town.

For all of Sooner Nation, this season has been real unexpected.

The injuries and the losses just continued to mount for a team that started the year at No. 3.

But perhaps the one Sooner who had the biggest surprise was OU redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones, who unexpectedly moved into the starting position after last year's Heisman Trophy winner and starting quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a third-degree AC sprain in his right shoulder and subsequently re-injured it against Texas.

Now, with the announcement of the Sooners' bowl assignment a couple weeks ago, as OU will face No. 19 Stanford in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Jones has yet another surprise.

The Sooners are set play less than four hours away from his home town of Artesia, New Mexico.

"Hopefully I have a lot of people from Artesia go to that game," Jones said. "So I'm really excited to go down there and go back down to that part of the country."

It's something that is sure to boost his play.

"I know it's not too far from his home place, but I'm sure it's going to be great for him to get a little bit closer to home," said OU sophomore wide receiver Ryan Broyles.

Another big part of the convenience is it will cut down on the cost for some of his family and former coaches to attend what will arguably be Jones' biggest game of his life so far.

"I haven't talked to really a lot of people from back home yet to see how many people are going to go," Jones said soon after the Sooners' bowl assignment. "But I know that hopefully some of them like my coaches and some of my family back there will come to the game."

Despite the close proximity between El Paso and Jones' home town, it is a stadium he never played in while in high school.

"No, I've never played in El Paso," Jones said. "The year before I went to high school, we went down and played El Paso—I think it was [against] Riverside—and so they might have played there. I'm not for sure."

As well as the location of the game, there is yet another surprise that adds a little incentive to win this game.

Stanford is one of the schools that recruited Jones while he was in high school.

"Yeah, [Jim] Harbaugh came down to my school and—it was after basketball practice—we got to talk a little bit," Jones said. "I really like Stanford. Harbaugh's obviously a great coach, but they recruited me a little bit."

So, a lot will be on the line when Jones takes the field in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 against the Cardinal.

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