A couple weeks back, quarterbacking guru Patrick Johnston of InTheBleachers.net informed us that contrary to conventional wisdom, college quarterbacks generally don't improve as they get older. Based on Pat's innovative Positive Impact Factor (PIF) measure for evaluating QB performance, he concludes that what you see early on is likely what you're going to get.
Had the Oklahoma Sooners seen the same Landry Jones in 2010 as the one who took the field a year before, Bob Stoops might have had more to think about when Florida came calling in January. Fortunately for Sooner Nation, The 'Stache proved to be the exception to the rule.
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Another promising sign: Jones made those strides playing against some tough defenses. Brian Fremeau of Football Outsiders noted recently that when adjusting for quality of competition, Jones' passer efficiency ranking for 2010 climbs from 24th nationally to 13th. (I followed up with Brian, who told me that Jones ranked sixth among quarterbacks returning in 2011, behind (in order): Kellen Moore, Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden, Terrelle Pryor and Aaron Murray.)
So, how high can 'Stache fly?