Landry Jones entered 2011 as a Heisman favorite and a first-round hopeful in the NFL Draft. The 2012 season, however, starts with a different mindset for the Sooners' starting quarterback.
Jones is looking to bounce back from a disappointing season in 2011 that saw OU fall from the top team in the country to an injury-rattled mess that couldn't keep up with a high powered rival Oklahoma State team at the end of the regular season.
Jones didn't have a failure of a season. In his junior year, he finished third in the country in passing yards and set numerous Oklahoma passing records.
Still, Sooner fans left 2011 with a bad taste in their mouth.
Jones elected to come back to OU for his senior year and will be a major help for a young Sooner team that needs leadership. But for Jones, and the Sooners, to succeed, he will need to trust and rely on his players around him.
These players will be most important to Jones' ability to follow through and bring OU to a National Championship.