Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, we count down the Big 12's top players. At No. 4 is rapidly improving Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

4) Landry Jones, junior QB, Oklahoma

One of the common themes with quarterbacks is how often they improve markedly in their second years as starters. And that's precisely what happened with Jones, a former Parade All-American who had a strong, if inconsistent, first year as a starter.

As a freshman, Jones completed 58.1 percent of his passes, throwing for almost 3,200 yards and 26 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. But while those are excellent numbers for any first-year starter, there was a sense that Jones had a lot more left in the tank.

And he showed that as a sophomore, when he upped his completion percentage by more than seven points, threw 12 more touchdowns and two fewer interceptions and passed for 91 more yards per game. That included Jones tying the OU single-game passing mark with 468 yards in a pressure situation against Oklahoma State with the Big 12 South title on the line. He threw for 300-plus yards nine times last year and led the Big 12 in total offense.

But even now, there's a question about whether he's broached his massive potential. The word out of the spring and fall was that Jones had taken that next step in his development. He'll get plenty of chances to showcase that ability this fall as Oklahoma enters the season as the nation's No. 1 team, and Jones as a potential Heisman candidate.

2010 Stats: 405-for-617 for 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns to 12 interceptions

No. 5: Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden

No. 6: Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis

No. 7: Texas DT Kheeston Randall

No. 8: Iowa State OL Kelechi Osemele

No. 9: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray

No. 10: Oklahoma State OL Levy Adcock

No. 11: Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller

No. 12: Texas LB Keenan Robinson

No. 13: Oklahoma DE Frank Alexander

No. 14: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

No. 15: Oklahoma DB Tony Jefferson

No. 16: Texas LB Emmanuel Acho

No. 17: Oklahoma DB Demontre Hurst

No. 18: Baylor WR Kendall Wright

No. 19: Oklahoma OL Ben Habern

No. 20: Oklahoma State OL Lane Taylor

No. 21: %%MATCH_36%% State LB Jake Knott

No.22: Oklahoma State S Markelle Martin

No.23: Missouri DL Brad Madison

No. 24: Missouri WR T.J. Moe

No. 25: Texas Tech OL Mickey Okafor

No. 26: Missouri TE Michael Egnew

No. 27: Texas A&M CB Coryell Judie

No. 28: Texas DB Kenny Vaccaro

No. 29: Oklahoma DE/LB Ronnell Lewis

No. 30: Texas A&M RB Christine Michael

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No. 32: Texas Tech OL %%MATCH_40%%

No. 33: Missouri DE %%MATCH_43%%

No. 34: Oklahoma WR %%MATCH_48%%

No. 35: Texas WR %%MATCH_51%%

No. 36: Texas DE %%MATCH_37%%

No. 37: %%MATCH_54%% DB %%MATCH_44%%

No. 38: Oklahoma OL %%MATCH_52%%

No. 39: Texas Tech RB %%MATCH_46%%

No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake

No. 41: Missouri LB %%MATCH_45%%

No. 42: Texas DL Alex Okafor

No. 43: Texas A&M DL %%MATCH_38%%

No. 44: Kansas RB %%MATCH_53%%

No. 45: Texas Tech S %%MATCH_50%%

No. 46: Iowa State CB %%MATCH_39%%

No. 47: Kansas State S %%MATCH_49%%

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB %%MATCH_47%%

No. 49: Kansas State DE %%MATCH_41%%

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum

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