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The Unappreciated Landry Jones

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Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones stares off as his backup Blake Bell accepts the award for the Insight Bowl's Most Valuable Player on December 30, 2011. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones stares off as his backup Blake Bell accepts the award for the Insight Bowl's Most Valuable Player on December 30, 2011.

For a quarterback who has accomplished almost as much as any elite passer to ever don an OU helmet, perhaps no Sooner quarterback has been more harshly criticized by the fan base than senior Landry Jones.

Head coach Bob Stoops was asked Monday what he thought of the fans who believed Jones should be benched.

"I thought he played really well," said Stoops before pausing for a moment. "Heck, he played great! I don't… I don't understand it."

With football, it's one of those things that comes with the quarterback position. He's the figurehead: If it's a win, he's a hero. If it's a loss, then the he's often the goat.

And anytime a season doesn't go as expected, everyone's favorite player becomes the backup quarterback; especially one like Blake Bell. After all, he already comes in for short yardage touchdowns.

Unlike some of the recent Sooner quarterbacks like Jason White and Sam Bradford, likely none of the full seasons with Jones as starting quarterback will end with an appearance in the BCS National Championship game.

We won't even mention their Heisman Trophies.

And that frustration of a particularly spoiled fan base has to go somewhere. In reality, the number of Jones' detractors is a minority of the overall Sooner supporters, but they've always been more of the vocal ones.

"People just aren't very intelligent when it comes to football," explained Stoops. "I'm not criticizing them; it's just not what they do."

At least Landry Jones appears to be getting used to the fan feedback.

"There is some adversity coming with losing games and coming with different goals being out of the picture for sure," said Jones.

"We have a lot of pride in what we do and we are not going to shut it down. When game day comes around we are going to put our best guys on the field and we are going to play hard."

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