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OU quarterback Landry Jones returning for senior season

So much for waiting until the January 15th deadline.

Landry Jones has announced through the university this afternoon that he will in fact be returning for his senior season.

"I want to accomplish the goals that I set before I got here, and there is still a lot more to do," Jones said. "I want to make sure I’ve exhausted every effort in that area. And I want to be a senior. I enjoy being at OU and with my teammates and look forward to graduating with the guys that were in my class when I got here."

"That’s the ultimate goal for anyone who plays football," Jones said. "I’ve thought about that since I was a little boy. It would be a great honor to play in the NFL and that goal will still be there when I finish at Oklahoma."

With a relatively small senior class departing from the 2011 team, Jones likes the prospects for 2012.

"We hope to have another opportunity to make a title run," he said. "Most of the offensive line returns and we have several receivers and backs return too. We’ve also got a lot of guys back on defense, so we’re confident that we can be a strong team."

As you'd expect, Coach Stoops was very pleased with the decision.

"We know the positive influence Landry has on and off the field with our team," Stoops said. "We’re excited that he’s coming back to build on what has already been an outstanding career. We expect another great year from him, and like the fact that he’s determined to be even better."

I know this won't make every OU fan happy, so feel free to hash things out in the comments.