NORMAN — St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford had nothing but positive things to say about the University of Oklahoma's football program under Bob Stoops when asked his take at his second annual football camp Saturday on OU's intramural fields.
“The program is fine,” Bradford said. “Obviously there's a very high standard at Oklahoma.”
Bradford was part of building high expectations. The Putnam City North product won the 2008 Heisman Trophy, led the Sooners to the national title game that season and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
But that was five years ago.
In recent years, some former OU players have been candid with their opinions. The latest was former star linebacker Brian Bosworth.
Last week in an interview with the Tulsa World to promote his new movie: “Revelation Road 2 ” Bosworth said modern-day players aren't as invested in tradition and history.
“When you win 10 or 11 games every year your program is fine,” Bradford said. “I've got all the confidence in the world in coach Stoops. He knows exactly what he's doing. He has a great staff. They're going to have a great year this year.”
Since 2007, the Sooners have won three Big 12 titles. But two of those titles were Bradford-led. OU has captured only one outright conference title the past four years.
Sooner fans from the John Blake era rarely grumble about 10-3, 10-3 and 12-2 finishes, which OU has posted the past three seasons.
OU fans with national-title-game expectations bristle when they read comments like Bosworth made last week. The two-time Butkus Award winner was asked if OU football is still a monster like in the Barry Switzer era.
“Bigger monster, smaller teeth. We've lost a lot of our bite,” Bosworth said. “We've lost a lot of our passion. I think we've lost a lot of our tradition. That comes from a lot of different sources.
“It comes from players that have different agendas, the advent of social media, the selfishness players have in their long-term vision versus their short-term goals and dreams.”
Bradford has a different take. He said coaches and players are committed to add more chapters to a winning tradition Stoops has helped build the past 14 seasons.
“I'm really excited about this year,” Bradford said. “They have a lot of talent. I really believe in what they're doing. Whoever steps in at quarterback will play really well because I know coach (Josh) Heupel is going to get them coached up. They'll go out and win games.”