Does Landry Jones Deserve More Credit?

ARLINGTON TX - DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after the Sooners beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 23-20 at Cowboys Stadium on December 4 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Landry Jones takes a lot of heat sometimes, but let's take a step back and appreciate how well Landry has really done. Below is a table of starting quarterbacks' stats from the past decade for Oklahoma, sorted by passer rating.

Sooner QB Career Stats
Name Comp Att Cmp% Yds TD INT Rating
Sam Bradford 604 893 67.6 8403 88 16 175.6
Jason White 626 988 63.4 7913 81 24 152.8
Josh Heupel 280 433 64.7 3392 20 14 139.2
Landry Jones 632 1017 62.1 7487 61 25 138.9
Paul Thompson 245 408 60.0 3084 26 14 137.7
Nate Hybl 440 759 58.0 4916 40 23 123.7
Rhett Bomar 167 308 54.2 2018 10 10 113.5

It's worth noting that Landry Jones, despite just having completed his sophomore season, has already attempted over 1000 passes, more than anyone else at Oklahoma has ever done. The point is that the Oklahoma coaching staff has asked Landry to do a lot for this offense, and he's had the added pressure of replacing the Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. Sam still holds the top spot in passer rating lists. It is simply hard to be as efficient as Bradford was able to be, but Landry is doing decent, at #57 on that career passer rating list already.

With Sam Bradford excluded, you could stack Landry up against pretty much any other quarterback at Oklahoma and make an argument that his stats are as good or better than the others. Landry averages an interception every 40.7 attempts, which is only worse than Bradford (1 INT per 55.8 att), and barely worse than Jason White (1 INT per 41.2 att) - both Heisman Trophy winners who piloted teams to the National Championship Game.

What do you think? Does Landry deserve more credit?

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