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|
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?