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OU was interested in Keller

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 11, 2007 at 7:50 am •  Published: October 11, 2007
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Two Augusts ago, quarterback Sam Keller, uninterested in backing up at Arizona State as a senior in 2006, set sail for more fruitful shores. OU football coaches looked into the future and saw that they would need a quarterback in '07.

Keller talked to Oklahoma. Keller went to Nebraska.

The Sooners lost out. And aren't they glad.

If Keller had come to Norman and sat out last season, would he have ascended to the starting role in the spring? Probably. A Pac-10 quarterback with 19 games experience would be awfully tempting for a team with absolute question marks at the position.

Instead, Keller's at Nebraska, where he has nine touchdown passes and eight interceptions halfway through the season, and redshirt freshman Sam Bradford has 18 TDs and four intercepts for the Sooners.

OU coach Bob Stoops talked with Keller and his father but said, "We didn't have much of a chance.”

The Sooners were interested, Stoops said, because "in the end, you're unsure with all the inexperience we had.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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