The Countdown: No. 4: Oklahoma

How could Oklahoma possibly benefit from last season’s injuries? It’s simple, really. At quarterback, for instance, last year’s injuries yielded starting experience for sophomore Landry Jones, who now enters 2010 as a game-tested quarterback, not an unknown. He was the nation’s best freshman passer last fall, even if his statistical output paled in comparison to Sam Bradford’s Heisman-winning 2008 campaign. On the year, Jones threw for 3,198 yards in 10 starts, throwing 26 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. He completed 58.1 percent of his passes; again, numbers short of his predecessor, but a very good rookie season nonetheless. His numbers look far better if we take away a dreadful performance against Nebraska, when Jones completed 26 of 58 attempts for 245 yards and 5 interceptions. Look for a better season from Jones in 2010, though I hesitate to say he’s a Heisman contender, as some have suggested.