The Unappreciated Landry Jones

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 anyelite passer to ever don an OU helmet, perhaps no Sooner quarterback has beenmore harshly criticized by the fan base than senior Landry Jones.

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

"I thought he played really well," said Stoops beforepausing 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 quarterbackposition. He's the figurehead: If it's a win, he's a hero. If it's a loss, thenthe he's often the goat.

And anytime a season doesn't go as expected, everyone'sfavorite 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 Soonerquarterbacks like Jason White and Sam Bradford, likely none of the full seasonswith Jones as starting quarterback will end with an appearance in the BCSNational Championship game.

We won't even mention their Heisman Trophies.

And that frustration of a particularlyspoiled 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 beenmore of the vocal ones.

"People just aren't very intelligent when it comes tofootball," explained Stoops. "I'm not criticizing them; it's just not what theydo."

At least Landry Jones appears to be getting used to the fanfeedback.

"There is some adversity coming with losing games and comingwith 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 goingto shut it down. When game day comes around we are going to put our best guyson the field and we are going to play hard."