Landry Jones returns for senior season

Landry Jones, the all-time leading passer in Oklahoma history, announced today that he will remain at OU and compete for the Sooners in his senior year.

“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.”

The Artesia, NM, native said the NFL was a strong lure.

“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.”

OU Head Coach Bob Stoops was pleased with Jones’ 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.”

Jones, a finalist for the 2011 Manning Award, is OU’s all-time leading passer with 12,389 yards. He also tops the school’s career list with 93 touchdown passes. In all, Jones holds 21 records at Oklahoma, and is among the NCAA’s active career leaders in passing yards per game, passing yards, completions, touchdown passes and total yards.

Jones has played in 40 OU games with 37 starts. He has completed 1,021-of-1,628 passes (.627) with 41 interceptions against the 93 TDs.

Jones’ record as a starter is 30-8, including a 3-0 mark in bowls. He quarterbacked the 2009 team to the Big 12 Championship.

The 2011 OU team was 10-3 and finished the campaign with a 31-14 win over Iowa in the Insight Bowl at Tempe, Ariz.

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