A bit of history was made for a former Oklahoma Sooner yesterday, as Quarterback Landry Jones has become the first player to officially sign with the newly formed Xtreme Football League (XFL). The XFL plans to make its return to the national forefront once again in February, after a failed debut in 2001.
Jones has spent the last six seasons in the NFL, including five serving as the primary backup to Ben Roethlisberger with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his time in the NFL, Jones started five games and threw for 1,310 yards while adding in 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The former 4th round draft pick in 2013 is most remembered for his time in Norman where he compiled a 40-13 overall record as the starting QB for Oklahoma, while also setting Big 12 records for passing yards (16,646), completions (1,388) and touchdown passes (123).
With his signing, Jones will now wait for the league to sign 7 other quarterbacks, who will then be chosen by head coaches to play for one of eight teams. Once quarterbacks are placed, the XFL Draft will take place sometime in October, where the rest of the league’s players will be selected. Jones may end up with a familiar face if chosen to play for the XFL’s Dallas based franchise, as former Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Bob Stoops is the current GM and coach for the organization. Jones and Stoops combined to win three bowl games in their time in Norman together. More news in the XFL will be given as reports are released.