Who's The Next Starting Quarterback At Oklahoma
After all the autographs were signed and pictures taken with fans the Sooners met with the media for OU Football Media Day. The hottest topic of discussion was who will be the starting quarterback and when will he be named.
"When we feel it's the right time." said OU Head Football Coach Bob Stoops, "When we feel a guy has definitely separated himself and we feel comfortable to do it. There have been times when we have known it and worked it for a week before we released it."
Coach Stoops was quick to point out that Oklahoma has won eight Big 12 titles with six different quarterbacks. Whether it's Blake Bell or Trevor Knight that leads the Sooners out against Monroe in the season opener on August 31st, they expect both to play at a high level.
"We're about competing for Championships. Conference championships and national championships." OU Co-Offensive Josh Heupel said, "Whoever the quarterback is we expect him to play at a championship level. We don't want him to do that at week ten we want him to do that in week one."
Most everyone outside the program feels Bell will be the starter and he says he's going into this competition with the mindset that he's going to be the guy.
"Even if they don't say you're the guy, as a quarterback and a competitor you have to approach everyday and think you're the guy."said OU Quarterback Blake Bell, "I even thought that sometimes when Landry was here and that's no knock on him. That's just how I think every quarterback brings themself along each and everyday thinking that they're the guy."
"Coach Heupel said once Landry left that it's an open competition." OU Quarterback Trevor Knight said, "Even if it wasn't an open competition he still wants us to prepare everyday like we're the starter. So I take everyday like I'm preparing to be the starter and go out there and compete the best I can."
So it looks like we'll have to wait a few more weeks to see who's going to be the starting quarterback at the University of Oklahoma. One guy we know won't be the starter is Kendall Thompson. He fracture a bone in his foot last Thursday during the Sooners first practice. But Bob Stoops said Thompson could be ready to get back into the competition in six weeks.