Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is returning for his senior season, with the announcement expected after a somewhat disappointing junior 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."
Jones was the No. 3-rated quarterback prospect eligible for the 2012 draft, according to ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. However, he was considered a fringe first-round prospect, and few playoff teams drafting in the lower half of the first half are in need of a franchise quarterback.
Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III are the two highest-rated quarterbacks, and could potentially be the first two overall picks in April. With Landry and Southern California's Matt Barkley returning to school, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill appears to be the only other quarterback with the potential to land in the first round.
Landry entered his junior season with high expectations after passing for 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2010. But he failed to build on that campaign, with his 4,463 yards, 29 touchdown passes and 63.2 completion percentage all down from the previous season, while his 15 interceptions were his most in three seasons with the Sooners.
Landry failed to throw a touchdown pass in the Sooners' losses at Baylor and Oklahoma State while being intercepted a combined three times in those games.
"We know the positive influence Landry has on and off the field with our team," Sooners coach Bob 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."
With a rebound senior season, Jones has the strong measurables NFL scouts covet and could vault himself back into contention to be a Top 10 pick. He is 30-8 as a starter, including 3-0 in bowl games, and is already the school's career leader with 93 touchdown passes. He owns 21 school records in all.
Jones possesses a strong arm that has the potential to become truly elite, and has excellent size for an NFL quarterback prospect at 6-feet-4 and 230 pounds. What he can really improve on is his accuracy under pressure and proving his ability to make sound pre-snap reads despite getting his playcalls from the sideline.
"We hope to have another opportunity to make a title run," Jones 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."