August 22, 2007

Nichol not No. 1 but still in the hunt

It's one of the saddest sights you'll see year-in and year-out on college football fields all across the country. Following Tuesday's workout at the OU practice fields, it took place in Norman.

Josh Heupel stood next to Keith Nichol as they had one of those conversations every player fears.

It was a chance for a coach to have a heart-to-heart with a player that was just told he wasn't good enough. Not yet anyway.

"The main thing that we've told them is that you never know when your opportunity will come," said Heupel of his post-practice conversation with Nichol. "You're only one snap away from being the guy so you better be ready when your opportunity comes."

Keith Nichol made incredible strides as a true freshman this fall. And even though he gave up a big part of his youth by leaving high school a semester early to compete for the starting job, Nichol couldn't make up enough ground to unseat Sam Bradford as the No. 1 quarterback.

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