May 5, 2006

Spring Grades: QBs

The Sooners had two major goals at the quarterback position heading into spring practices. One, they wanted Rhett Bomar to build off of his Holiday Bowl performance by becoming an even better signal caller for the OU offense. Secondly, they wanted to get incoming transfer Joey Halzle some snaps to see how much of the offense he could handle and what shape the Sooners would be in if Bomar were to suffer an injury.

With Kevin Wilson taking over the offense after Chuck Long's departure last December, the Sooners would take a look at implementing some new wrinkles into the Oklahoma offense during the offseason. And Wilson wanted to take some time to figure out what his sophomore quarterback could handle during the spring's fifteen practices.

OVERALL GRADE: B

Rhett Bomar spent the earlier parts of spring practices putting together average performances. Joey Hazle spent the early part of his spring impressing onlookers and coaches with his ability to make plays when the Sooners hit the scrimmage field.

Halzle ended up being one of the bigger surprises of the spring. He shows an amazing command of the offense for a player who had barely been on campus. He also showed a knack for making plays during scrimmage situations.

Bomar started off somewhat slow, but by the end of the spring, the young gunslinger was making great strides under Josh Heupel and Wilson.

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