The University of Oklahoma announced today that quarterback Landry Jones is returning to school for his senior year. Jones is the second quarterback to return to school, despite being a projected first round pick, joining USC's Matt Barkley.
"I want to accomplish the goals that I set before I got here, and there is still a lot more to do," Jones said during the annoucement. "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."
"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."
Jones is already Oklahoma's all time record holder for passing yards (12,389) and passing touchdowns (89).
Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops spoke about Jones' decision, stating, ""We know the positive influence Landry has on and off the field with our team. 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' returning to school means the once spectacular 2012 NFL Draft QB Class is down to just headliners Andrew Luck from Stanford and Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. It also means Miami, who will pick in the eighth or ninth position, pending a coin toss with the Carolina Panthers, will either have to pay the heavy pricetags needed to move up in the draft, or may not have an opportunity to take a first round quarterback.
The Dolphins have not drafted a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft since taking Dan Marino in 1983. Since Marino retired after the 1999 season, the Dolphins have used 16 different starters at the position.