Back in production: Why the Sooners' offensive unpredictability under Bob Stoops has paid off

OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — OU’s ability under Bob Stoops to be unpredictable offensively also makes a difference. Nobody knew who was going to start at quarterback in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama last January.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 23, 2014

— One impressive aspect of Bob Stoops’ remarkable 15-year run at Oklahoma has been the ability to adapt offensively depending on personnel.

Stoops hasn’t been a slave to any one offensive system. During the Adrian Peterson years, the Sooners became a more run-heavy team, especially after Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jason White’s career ended.

OU reached the 2008 BCS national championship game after installing a no-huddle offensive system before the season.

When OU lost all of its tight-end contributors after the 2011 season, the Sooners made four wide receivers their standard.

Oklahoma had success last season with both Blake Bell and Trevor Knight at quarterback. With the more-athletic Knight, OU ran lots more zone-read plays, and with Bell, went back to their more traditional, pass-first attack.

OU’s ability under Stoops to be unpredictable offensively also makes a difference. Nobody knew who was going to start at quarterback in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama last January.

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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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