Sam Bradford is Oklahoma’s quarterback. For now.
Bob Stoops’ record is clear. When he has an all-American quarterback (2000, 2003, 2004), he doesn’t change QBs.
Which stands to reason. When Stoops has absolutely no legit backup (1999, 2006), he doesn’t change QBs. Otherwise, all bets are off.
Stoops pulled the trigger in 2001, when he switched from a sluggish and battered Nate Hybl to Jason White, and in 2005, when a loss to TCU prompted the switch from Paul Thompson to Rhett Bomar. And in 2002, another wrecked knee for White took all options away from Stoops.
So let’s be clear. When there’s any decision to be made, when Stoops has an option, he switches quarterbacks. At least has twice in two tries.
What does that mean for Bradford? It means he’d better play well. He doesn’t have to post Jason White numbers. He doesn’t have to display Josh Heupel leadership. But he has to avoid mistakes. He has to move the chains. He has to win games.
If not, Stoops will try to find someone who will. He’s proven that already.
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