Landry Jones is primed to become the winningest quarterback in Oklahoma history and is closing in on numerous NCAA career-passing records. But West Virginia’s Geno Smith -- not Jones -- was voted preseason All-Big 12 quarterback and Offensive Player of the Year.
“From a friend and a teammate, it’s frustrating, because I know what kind of talent he has,” center Ben Habern said of Jones. “I don’t know. Not taking anything away from Geno. He’s a great quarterback. A guy that’s proven himself. From Landry’s standpoint, it’s motivation. If he wants it, he can compete for it.”
Jones and Smith had virtually equal numbers in 2011. Jones threw for a little more yardage; Smith had a couple more touchdowns and a slightly better completion percentage.
Jones threw 15 interceptions, to Smith’s seven. But Jones competed against the tougher Big 12, while Smith cruised through the Big East, which claimed only two teams in the final AP Top 25 poll (No. 17 West Virginia and No. 25 Cincinnati).
So what did Jones think of the snub?
“We’ll see,” he said. “We’ll see what all happens with that whole deal.”
OU travels to West Virginia on Nov. 17.