Oklahoma senior Jalen Saunders has made his name as a standout wide receiver, but said he'd be capable of filling in at quarterback should the Sooners' get desperate.
Saunders played some quarterback at Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, Calif., even leading his team to a city title his junior year.
“Yeah, I believe so,” Saunders said with a smile when asked if he could run OU's offense in a pinch. “I know every read that needs to be done, so I believe I could run this offense very well.”
He said he was a dual-threat, left-handed quarterback who modeled himself after Michael Vick.
“I don't know if my arm is as strong as his; I'm very accurate though,” Saunders said.
Saunders has caught 17 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.
IKARD NOMINATED FOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD
Senior center Gabe Ikard is one of 170 candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Ikard was an Academic All-American last season and a second-team Academic All-American as a sophomore.
Candidates are nominated by their schools and must be seniors or graduate students in their final seasons of eligibility, have a GP of at least 3.2, be a starter or significant contributor and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship. Up to 16 finalists are selected by a group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletic administrators.
The results will be announced Oct. 31, with each recipient receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and a trip to the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Finalists will be up for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which will be presented at the ceremony. The award, which honors the top scholar-athlete in the country, increases the recipient's scholarship by $7,000.
The award has been given since 1990, when Air Force's Chris Howard won. Alabama's Barrett Jones won the award last season.
Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf and Southern Nazarene's Stan West are also among the nominees.
SOONERS STRESSING FOURTH QUARTER
Oklahoma found itself worn down in the fourth quarter of last season's home loss to Notre Dame, but definitely won the final frame this year against the Irish.
The Sooners held the ball for 12:11 in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 35-21 win at Notre Dame, running off more than five minutes on a 10-play, 38-yard drive to end the game.
“We definitely lacked that last year,” senior safety Gabe Lynn said of fourth-quarter prowess. “All year long and going back to before the season, Coach (Bob) Stoops has been stressing to us the importance of the fourth quarter.
“We when went into the fourth quarter, as a defense we knew we had to stop them. We did and the offense did a great job of running the clock out. That's how we brought it home.”
Junior nickelback Julian Wilson, on the media:
“Now everybody wants to say how good we are, we've got a chance to compete for the national championship. But before the season we weren't predicted to win anything, win five or six games. We never really paid much attention to the media before the season, so there's no reason to start now.”