August 20, 2007

Fall Report: 5 Big Questions

Classes begin today at The University of Oklahoma. That means fall camp has officially ended. With two major scrimmages behind us, it's time to take a look back at what we've learned from the fall. That includes who will be OU's starting quarterback against North Texas on Sept. 1st.

1. Do we have a starter at quarterback for the start of the season?

Yes. Even though OU coaches haven't made an official decision, you'd have to really ignore a lot of evidence to not know who will start against North Texas on Sept. 1st.

Sam Bradford solidified his spot as the starter completing 12-of-17 passes for 130 yards and four touchdowns (two of those touchdowns came in redzone situations).

Keith Nichol has done some really nice things this fall and he's certainly impressed OU coaches with how far he's progressed since last spring.

Joey Halzle was brought into Oklahoma to be a backup to Rhett Bomar. And truth be told, so was Bradford.

But Bradford clearly shows the best combination of playmaking ability and experience for this Oklahoma offense.

Bradford's scrimmage performance has to be the capper on his crown. Kevin Wilson's biggest concern is how his quarterbacks will play when the lights come on. He certainly was giving Bradford a tougher look after he just looked 'okay' in the Sooners' first scrimmage.

In the second scrimmage, it was clear that Bradford is capable of making big plays in tough situations.

2. Why hasn't Bob Stoops announced Bradford as the starter yet?

The staff is still mulling over the possibilities behind their starter at this point. And the coaches don't want to just blurt out a starter without deciding on their backup plans.

They also want to make it clear that the competition for the starting quarterback job will continue through the season. If Bradford falters, they won't be afraid to put someone else in there.

They are also looking at the possibility of two other things. Has Keith Nichol been impressive enough to earn snaps during games this season? If Nichol is the No. 2 quarterback should the Sooners go ahead and redshirt him?

Those are two questions that only Bob Stoops can answer. And he hasn't answered them yet.

Kevin Wilson is also concerned about having the best possible No. 2 ready to go in case their No. 1 quarterback doesn't play well or is injured.

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