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XFL: Bob Stoops to decide Friday on Landry Jones for league debut

Bob Stoops is excited about again having Landry Jones as his quarterback. Stoops just isn’t sure if Jones will quarterback the Dallas Renegades in their XFL debut Sunday in Arlington Texas.

Jones, who quarterbacked Stoops’ Sooner teams from 2009-12, suffered a knee injury in training camp in early January. He’s returned to practice this week, but Stoops said Thursday night the Renegrades staff will decide Friday about Jones’ status for the franchise opener Sunday against the St. Louis Battlehawks.

Stoops, who retired from OU in June 2017, returned to coaching with the XFL, and one of his first personnel moves was signing Jones, who spent five years as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Unbelievable,” Stoops said of coaching Jones again. “Geez, has he got a rocket for an arm. I saw it for four years with us, but he is good. Putting the ball away from defenders, where guys can get it. So accurate, such a strong arm. He’s really special.”

Jones went 3-2 as a Steeler starter. For his NFL career, Jones threw completed 108 of 169 passes, with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

At OU, Jones completed 63.6 percent of his 2,183 passes, for 16,646 yards, 123 touchdowns and 52 interceptions. He holds the Sooner career records for passes, completions (1,388), yards, touchdowns and interceptions.

“He’s a great guy to have around,” said Renegades offensive coordinator Hal Mumme. “He’s like a coach on the field. Tell him things one time, and he gets ‘em done He’s a pro.  I can’t wait to get him back out here.”

That could some Sunday. The Renegades-Battlehawks kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday and will be televised by ESPN.

“We’re going to decide in the morning,” Stoops said Thursday. “He practiced today and looked fabulous. Gotta decide in the morning. It’s one thing to be able to throw it, but can you protect yourself, escape? That’s what we’re going to discuss. We’ve got to decide, is it worth one game to have him for nine?”

Stoops’ backup quarterback is Philip Nelson, who played at Minnesota and East Carolina, the latter after Lincoln Riley left to become Stoops’ offensive coordinator at OU.

Related Photos
Oklahoma's Landry Jones (12) throws a pass during the Cotton Bowl college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU)and Texas A&M University at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Oklahoma lost 41-13. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's Landry Jones (12) throws a pass during the Cotton Bowl college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU)and Texas A&M University at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Oklahoma lost 41-13. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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