Opponent Profile: Landry Jones

Landry Jones is one of the many stars for the Oklahoma Sooners, and has come a long way since 2009.

Flashback to the 2009 season.

The Oklahoma Sooners entered looking to repeat their trip to the National Championship game, but this time walk away with the title.

With Sam Bradford returning for his senior season, following a year where he won the Heisman Trophy, could have gone pro, led the Sooners to the title game and much more, expectations were high for the No. 3 Oklahoma.

Heading into its season opener against No. 20 BYU, this game seemed only like a bump in the road in their quest back to the title game.

It turned out to be more than just a bump in the road, and more of a roadblock that could not be overcome.

Everything was going fine until Bradford was hit after completing an 18-yard pass to Brandon Caleb, and did not get back up.

While being helped to the sideline, Bob Stoops had to turn to his back-up quarterback, who had not played in a collegiate game yet – Landry Jones.

Jones would finish the game 6- for-12 for 51 yards and no touchdowns, but it was the start to something that now has surpassed even Bradford in Sooner history.

The quarterback out of Artesia, New Mexico would end up playing in every game and starting 10 of those.

Jones finished the season as one of the most impressive freshman in the country with 3,198 yards passing and 26 touchdown tosses, passing Bradford's freshman numbers.

Now fast forward to present day, the Sooners are again No. 3 in the country, they are on track to make another appearance in the National Championship, and Landry Jones is starting under center in his junior season as a viable Heisman Trophy candidate.

This week finally, the Red Raider defensive core does not have to worry about a true dual-threat quarterback in Landry Jones.

Despite the junior not having the wheels like the past couple of gunslingers that Tech has had to face, Jones makes up for it all with his arm and accuracy.

class=MsoNormal>The Artesia, New Mexico native is 171-for-253 this season for 2,177 yards and 16 touchdowns.

With just eight more touchdown passes Jones will tie Bradford for the all-time lead in Sooner history, and he has already moved to the top in all-time passing yards with 10,093 in his career.

This season Jones has been almost untouchable, but has thrown six interceptions so far, which is low for his career, and has been more accurate thus far than in previous seasons.  (2009 -58.1 % , 2010 – 65.6 %, Current – 67.6 % through 6 games)

With a quarterback like Jones starting for the Sooners this weekend, Tech will need to focus on stopping him from making the Red Raiders only an afterthought in another blowout game.

In last season's meeting, which Oklahoma won 45-7 in Norman, Jones finished the game 22-for-29 for 317 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Jones will look to have this same kind of success and try to continue the Sooners undefeated season and march towards the National Championship.

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