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Oklahoma football: Sooners are Quarterback U.

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm •  Published: June 17, 2014
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OU's Landry Jones (12) warms up in front of Sam Bradford before the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, in Lawrence, Kan. OU won, 35-13. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Landry Jones (12) warms up in front of Sam Bradford before the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, in Lawrence, Kan. OU won, 35-13. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

In the 2000s, college football’s Quarterback U. is not Southern Cal or Florida State or Texas or Florida.

It’s Oklahoma. So says espn.com’s college football blog, which ranked schools in each position for how they’ve fared in the 2000s. You can read the story here.

And OU ranks No. 1 in quarterbacks.

Two Heisman Trophy winners (Jason White and Sam Bradford), one Heisman runnerup (Josh Heupel) and a Heisman bronze medalist (White in 2004) give the Sooners a jump over the competitors.

ESPN ranked the schools on award winners (such as the Heisman, the Walter Camp Trophy, the Maxwell Award), consensus all-Americans, first-team all-conference picks and weighted NFL draft picks.

The prowess of Heupel, White and Bradford is such, OU ranked No. 1 on their merits alone, other than Landry Jones getting drafted in the 2013 fourth round. Funny, but before 2000, OU had four seasons in which it played with a quarterback who made all-American that season – Jack Mitchell 1946, Darrell Royal 1948, Eddie Crowder 1952 and Jack Mildren 1971. Then under Bob Stoops, OU had four all-American seasons in a nine-year span – Heupel 2000, White in 2003 and 2004, and Bradford 2008.

Southern Cal ranked second, courtesy of Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, but those were SC’s only all-American quarterbacks.

Texas ranked third and had two all-Americans: Vince Young and Colt McCoy.

Florida State ranked fourth with Heisman winners Chris Weinke and Jameis Winston, plus first-round draft picks Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel.

Florida ranked fifth with Heisman winner Tim Tebow and all-American Rex Grossman.

Auburn ranked sixth (Cam Newton, Jason Campbell), Ohio State ranked seventh (Troy Smith), Louisville ranked eighth (Teddy Bridgewater), Texas A&M ranked ninth (Johnny Manziel) and Stanford ranked 10th (Andrew Luck).

Baylor ranked 12th, West Virginia 14th, Kansas State tied for 26th, Texas Tech tied for 31st, and OSU tied for 36th with TCU.

In other offensive position rankings:

Offensive line: 1. Alabama; 4. Texas; 8. OU; 29. OSU.

Tight end: 1. Miami; 23. OU; 32. OSU.

Wide receiver: 1. Southern Cal; 4. OSU; 7. OU.

Running back: 1. Arkansas; 2. OU; 9. OSU.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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