MOBILE, Ala. -- Landry Jones followed a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback in Sam Bradford when he started at the University of Oklahoma four years ago, but the former Sooners signal-caller never saw it that way.
Jones took the opportunity to carve out his own legacy at Oklahoma and he did, to the tune of 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns against 52 interceptions in his four years with the Sooners. Now, he is looking to do the same during a week of practice for the 2013 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
“I just want to prove that I’m an NFL-quality quarterback,” Jones said. “Some people might have questions. ‘Can he play under center?’ Just from the system we played at Oklahoma, ‘Can he be in the huddle? Can he control a huddle?’ For me, I think this week is about showing teams that I can do all those things and my game translates to the NFL.”
Having to replace a player of Bradford’s caliber and ability level is something Jones did well. He eclipsed most of Bradford’s career statistics, throwing for nearly double the amount of yards and over 40 touchdowns more than the Heisman winner.
“There were definitely some big shoes to fill with Sam, but at the end of the day, anybody’s going to have big shoes to fill,” Jones said. “You just have to be who you are. I never tried to go into Oklahoma to be Sam Bradford. I always tried to be myself, just be Landry Jones and fortunately enough for me, God put me in a place where I could play for four years and play at a high level.”
Jones said focusing on his own game, rather than the task of replacing Bradford displays his leadership capabilities.
“I just think it helps my leadership,” Jones said. “Leadership is all about knowing who you are; knowing how to motivate people; knowing what type of people get motivated the easiest. I know who I am; I know the type of person I want to be in the NFL and I know why I want to go there. God’s placed me in this game to showcase that.“I’m a guy who’s proven himself. I won a lot of games at Oklahoma, won two Big 12 Championships. I’m a guy that’s going to bring a lot of talent to an NFL team. I’m a guy that wants to win extremely badly and wants to be the best at his craft. I always try to push myself to get to the top.”