Jones Elects to Return to OU

OU quarterback Landry Jones

NORMAN, Okla. — All that NFL talk for Landry Jones will have to wait another year because the Sooner signal caller announced Thursday afternoon he is 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."

The Sooners' all-time leading passer with 12,389 yards, though, admitted it wasn't an easy decision and was one he went back and forth on.

His drive to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL nearly steered him in that direction.

"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."

As Jones alluded to, playing his senior season at Oklahoma is only available once.

And that's the option he chose.

Jones' return is certainly pleasing news for head coach Bob Stoops in what has become a great day for the Sooner football program with the return of co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell after his rumors of possibly heading to Wisconsin as offensive coordinator.

"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."

Something else Jones is determined about is getting to the national championship game.

He's been victorious in all three of his bowl appearances, including one in the BCS, but never played in the national championship.

"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."

Just weeks ago, Stoops indicated to the Tulsa World his veteran quarterback would return, and that's exactly what transpired.

In addition to being the all-time leading passer in Sooner history, he's also thrown an OU-best 93 touchdown passes and owns 21 records.

He was a 2011 Manning Award finalist and has played in 40 games, including 37 starts.

In those contests, Jones has a 62.7 percent completion rate (1,021-for-1,628) with those 93 touchdowns to 41 interceptions.

He's 30-8 as a starter, guiding the Sooners to the 2010 Big 12 Championship.

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