There are Sam Houston football fans. And some know all about Bomar.
"We've all followed his progress with anticipation, that he would get on the field at Sam,” says Bill Hall of Houston, who grew up in Huntsville. "We were disappointed he didn't get to play last year. We finished one game out of the championship. He might have made the difference.”
Bomar seems sincere in appreciating this second chance. His tone and body language give evidence of lament for what went down in Norman, although Bomar doesn't actually offer up words like "regret” or "remorse.”
Still, there's no escaping that "down here,” things are different. Down here, you play the Boll Weevils of Arkansas-Monticello, not the Longhorns of Texas.
"No doubt, it's smaller,” Bomar says. "You're not going to have 80,000 people in the stands. But like I said when I came here, you can't have a big ego and say, ‘I'm better than this.'
"When you're out there on the field, it doesn't matter how many people are in the stands. If you're playing football, you're playing football.”
You're just playing with little fanfare, even less media attention and with no television exposure — all factors that played a critical role in Bomar signing with the Sooners.
"That was all nice and it was what I worked towards,” Bomar says. "But less attention, whatever, I can still accomplish my goals here.”
Same old No. 7
Coming out of Grand Prairie, Texas, Bomar was the top-rated high school quarterback in the country and the No. 4 prospect overall in the country according to Rivals.com
As a redshirt freshman, he led to Sooners to the Holiday Bowl, where he was named Most Valuable Player. Greatness, including NFL paydays, was predicted.
Bomar's talent — and grit — is still evident.
Scrambling in his familiar No. 7 against the Boll Weevils, Bomar seems to be searching out linebackers to hit, reminding of similar stunts back when wore crimson. On several occasions, he takes wicked shots, rising slowly once.
"That's the first time in a while that I've been hit like that,” Bomar says. "It felt good. I'm not one to shy away from contact. I can dish it out, too.”
Bomar finishes with 257 yards and three touchdowns passing against the Boll Weevils and adds a rushing score.
The Bearkats are 2-1 overall with the setback no fault of Bomar's. In a 41-38 loss at No. 4-ranked North Dakota State, he throws for 358 yards and four scores on 36-of-61 passing and runs for 103 and a TD.
Headed for Stillwater
Bomar and the Bearkats play at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.
That little scheduling item caught Bomar by surprise.
"I didn't know we were playing them when I came here,” he says with a laugh. "But whatever.”
He's expecting a not-so-warm welcome.
"I'm sure people might say some stuff, but I think it's all funny,” Bomar says. "It'll be a good atmosphere to play in.
"I beat 'em my freshman year, maybe I can go beat 'em again.”
With Oklahoma on the road at Colorado, there have been reports of Sooner fans buying up tickets in Stillwater, just to show their "love” for Bomar.
"I'm sure that week, people might want to bring it up, I'm going back to the state of Oklahoma,” Bomar said. "But I won't think about that at all.”
He says he doesn't think much about the surging Sooners, either.
"They've got a great team, there's no doubt about that,” Bomar says. "All those guys I played with were freshmen, and they're juniors now. You know they've got talent.
"But I don't watch their games or anything like that.”
It's all part of the plan to avoid looking back.
What happened in Norman, the mess with the NCAA, that's all in his past.
Well, for now.
"I'm not going to talk about it,” Bomar says. "Well, maybe someday.”
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