NORMAN — During the 2007 edition of Oklahoma Media Day, Sam Bradford took the podium with a script of what to say. To Bradford's dismay, members of the media weren't abiding by a similar script, prodding the freshman — to no avail — to break rank.
"I think last year was a little bit of an eye-opener,” said Bradford, who at the time was in a three-way competition to be OU's starting quarterback. "I didn't realize how many people would be here asking questions and the questions they'd be asking.” This OU Media Day, the once taciturn Bradford needed no script, addressing reporters Wednesday with confidence and conviction, suggesting the Sooners have a quarterback ready to take command of the team. "We were protected a little bit, we weren't allowed to say a whole lot, had our answers scripted,” Bradford said. "A whole lot has changed in the last year.” The preseason story line last year was, who among Bradford, Joey Halzle and Keith Nichol, would be named the team's starting quarterback. All three quarterbacks addressed the media for the first time then in a one-by-one press conference that revealed little, with the catchphrase of the day being "that's not for me to say.” This preseason, the predominant story line is, how prolific can the offense become with Bradford leading the way under center? And everyone had plenty to say about that. "I think, more than anything, trying not to press him and act like he needs to do anything differently,” coach Bob Stoops said.
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