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Oklahoma football: Former Sooner J.C. Watts not a fan of rushing quarterbacks

by Jason Kersey Published: September 13, 2013
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photo - FOOTBALL OU UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA 1980: Caption reads "OU quarterback J.C. Watts eludes a final would-be tackler to complete his first-quarter, 42-yard touchdown run Saturday." Photo taken by Doug Hoke. Photo taken 10-31-1980. Photo was published in The Daily Oklahoman 11-2-1980.
FOOTBALL OU UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA 1980: Caption reads "OU quarterback J.C. Watts eludes a final would-be tackler to complete his first-quarter, 42-yard touchdown run Saturday." Photo taken by Doug Hoke. Photo taken 10-31-1980. Photo was published in The Daily Oklahoman 11-2-1980.

Former Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts recorded nearly four times as many rushing touchdowns as passing scores in Barry Switzer's wishbone offense decades ago.

But in today's game, Watts doesn't believe using quarterbacks that way is a good idea.

“In the wishbone offense, I don't know if you'd call it a ‘mobile' quarterback,” Watts said. “I think you'd actually call us ‘running' quarterbacks.”

Watts said he's actually a fan of athletic, mobile quarterbacks because of their ability to extend plays and move outside the pocket, but thinks designed quarterback runs are too risky considering how important the position has become.

He points to NFL players like Sam Bradford, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco and Tony Romo as examples of athletic quarterbacks who still operate with a pass-first mentality.

“I want a guy who can extend the play and then throw the ball 18 yards downfield, but if you are designing an offense to where your quarterback is rushing for 800 to 1,000 yards a year, that's a pretty dangerous proposition,” Watts said.

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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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