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The best Bob Stoops-era Oklahoma football players:
No. 6, quarterback Josh Heupel (1999-2000)

by Jason Kersey Modified: July 22, 2013 at 10:10 am •  Published: July 22, 2013
Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel warms up before his team's 35-31 win at Texas A&M on Nov. 11, 2000. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel warms up before his team's 35-31 win at Texas A&M on Nov. 11, 2000. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

NORMAN — Continuing our look at the top 15 Oklahoma football players of the Bob Stoops era, we remember a national championship quarterback who serves as Stoops’ offensive coordinator today.

JOSH HEUPEL

Jersey No.: 14
Position: Quarterback
Years played: 1999-2000
Hometown: Aberdeen, S.D.
Big 12 championships: 1
National championships: 1
Individual awards won: 2000 Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year); 2000 Associated Press Player of the Year;
Notable: Heupel was runner-up in voting for the 2000 Heisman Trophy, which went to Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke. … Finished with a career record of 20-5. … Led the Sooners to a perfect 13-0 record that included Big 12 and national championships in 2000. It was OU’s first national title since 1985; the Sooners haven’t won another one since. … Heupel is now Oklahoma’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

THREE MEMORABLE GAMES

Oklahoma 63, Texas 14
When: Oct. 7, 2000
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
Heupel’s day: Completed 17 of 27 pass attempts for 275 yards and 1 touchdown. … The game cemented OU as a legitimate national contender and kickstarted the amazing run of games that became known as “Red October.”

Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 14
When: Oct. 28, 2000
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Heupel’s day: Completed 20 of 34 passes for 300 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. … OU jumped to the top of the polls for the first time in years after whipping the then-No. 1 Huskers. … Nebraska led 14-0 after the first quarter, but Heupel led the Sooners to a 24-point second quarter.

Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
When: Jan. 3, 2001
Where: Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Heupel’s day: Completed 25 of 39 passes with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. … Heupel’s individual performance wasn’t his greatest, but he efficiently led the Sooners’ offense in an Orange Bowl victory that secured the national championship.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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