QB waiting game continues
Sooner coaches keeping quiet, though signs point to Bradford

Published: August 13, 2007
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Oklahoma's quarterback question still has not been answered.

At least not audibly.

Asked if he has trimmed the field in his quarterback competition, OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson paused to think. And paused. And thought. And paused.

Nearly 20 seconds of silence from the typically chatty play-caller.

He finally offered an answer — basically saying it hasn't been answered yet.

But his momentary silence seems to say he knows the answer. He just isn't telling anyone else yet. At the time of the interview — just moments after the scrimmage ended — he probably hadn't even discussed it with Bob Stoops.

The order the quarterbacks entered the scrimmage should at least tell us something — Sam Bradford, Keith Nichol, then Joey Halzle. Halzle, a junior, had been first on the field throughout the spring.

After taking Sunday off, Wilson and Stoops should have the competition down to two for Monday's practice.

But one thing is certain: "(The media) will be the last to know,” Stoops said Saturday.

Other questions addressed in Saturday's scrimmage:

•Are the young running backs capable of carrying the load in Allen Patrick's absence?

Hard to say after Saturday. The rushing numbers certainly weren't impressive, but the Sooner defense was playing well. And at this point in August, the defense has seen most of what the offense does and usually knows what's coming.

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OU quarterback Joey Halzle throws during Saturday's scrimmage. BY Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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