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Glamour position not big draw for autograph-seekers

By Scott Wright Published: August 4, 2007
NORMAN — The autograph lines were long for the Oklahoma stars Friday at the Sooners' annual fan appreciation day. Ropes couldn't contain the throngs of men, women and children seeking signatures from Malcolm Kelly, Reggie Smith and Allen Patrick.

Surprisingly short was the line for quarterbacks — the most discussed, most analyzed, most closely watched position on the OU football team. Not just this year, but almost any year.

Part of the problem is that no one knows who the starting quarterback will be when the Sooners take the field Sept. 1 against North Texas.

"I think it will be either No. 14 or No. 6,” said 8-year-old Hunter Zebert of Noble, referring to freshmen Sam Bradford and Keith Nichol, respectively.

If it were up to a fan vote, Bradford would be the landslide winner in the race to be OU's next quarterback. In an online poll at, Bradford collected 70 percent of the votes, well ahead of Nichol (18 percent) and Joey Halzle (12 percent).

It's not easy for fans to show their support of their favorite quarterback in the form of a jersey.

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