MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Sooner locker room often is filled with good-natured, but competitive, banter. Oklahoma high school football vs. Texas high school football.
For decades, the Texans have held the majority and do so now, on the eve of the national title game against Florida.
But the Okies have more quality to their argument than in a long time.
Putnam City North’s Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy and has thrown a combined 20 touchdown passes to Ardmore’s Jermaine Gresham, Norman’s Ryan Broyles and Tulsa Washington’s Quentin Chaney.
Southeast’s Gerald McCoy is an All-America defensive tackle. Tulsa Union’s Dom Franks has four interceptions and plays an excellent cornerback.
Norman’s Mossis Madu has rushed for 463 yards as the third-team tailback and will platoon against Florida, with the injury to DeMarco Murray. Enid’s Austin Box was the starting middle linebacker the second half of the season until an injury Nov. 29 against Oklahoma State. Heritage Hall’s Jimmy Stevens has 116 points kicking, the ninth-highest season scoring total in school history.
"There’s a lot of pride in it,” Madu said with a wide smile. "Tells us what kind of football we have in Oklahoma.
"In the locker room, we’re always joking about Texas football and Oklahoma football.