Most Sooners fans remember what the end of the season was like for quarterback Landry Jones; in a word, miserable.
The quarterback who opened 2011 as a Heisman front-runner and posted a 26:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio through eight games saw his world come crashing down in November. The junior's world collapsed in games nine through 13, as he posted just three touchdown passes against six interceptions.
Yes, Ryan Broyles going down in Week 9 played a legitimate role in Jones' struggles. He lost his security blanket on the edge and was forced to look elsewhere for completions. However, the overall play of the quarterback, who was expected to be a top-level draft pick in 2012, fell off as a whole.
Poor decision-making, off-target throws and a total disappearance of his pocket presence at times left the junior with plenty to prove in 2012 as he returned to school.
Jones is not taking 2012 lightly, as he and the Sooners look to get back to a BCS bowl after starting last season ranked No. 1 and falling to No. 15 to end the year. According to ESPN, the quarterback is putting in some extra work with George Whitfield in Palo Alto, Calif. over his spring break in an effort to polish his skills for the 2012 campaign.
This is a great move for Jones and the Sooners faithful should be excited, as Whitfield is one of the most respected quarterback gurus in the game. Whitfield's work with Cam Newton is his most recently celebrated feat, as the quarterback broke Peyton Manning's long-standing rookie passing record.
Through working with Whitfield, Jones hopes to shore up his decision-making, speed up his progression in reads and improve his mechanics so that he is firing the ball all over the yard for the Sooners.
Just a week with Whitfield is going to set him on the path for future success, as he should walk away with more tools in his toolbox that will help him be successful as a player and lead his team to a Big 12 Championship.
As you can see from the photos posted by Whitfield, Jones is not the only quarterback who has designs on improving during his break. Clemson's Tajh Boyd is out in California working on improving his game as well.
For the Sooners and the Tigers, this is a plus. It not only speaks to their respective quarterbacks' desires to get better, but the actual skill development will give each of these quarterbacks a shot to be much improved in 2012.