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OU coach Bob Stoops addresses Sam Bradford injury, Missouri during weekly Big 12 teleconference

By Mike Baldwin - Staff Writer Modified: December 1, 2008 at 4:25 pm •  Published: December 1, 2008
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said on the weekly Big 12 teleconference that torn ligaments in quarterback Sam Bradford’s thumb on his non-throwing hand will not prevent him from playing in the conference title game.

One reporter asked if it could make it tougher for Bradford Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

“I don’t know if it will be tougher,” Stoops said. “It was awful painful (Saturday). Having it happen on the third series of the game you don’t have a plan for it. You’re only able to tape it and try to support it. We’ll have a better support structure around his thumb now...

“Hopefully it won’t bother him. It sure bothered him the other night. You don’t see a guy drop a snap in two years and then you see him drop two trying to take the snap from center. With his left hand it wasn’t able to work it. But we’ll be able to prepare for that through the week and he should be able to take the snap.”

Bradford played through the injury to lead the Sooners on nine consecutive scoring drives in a 61-41 win over Oklahoma State which was pivotal in OU winning the BCS tie-breaker in the computers.

“The guy is incredible,” Stoops said. “He just has poise. Not only those drives but look at his third-down throws when he had to have them, just putting the ball on the money. Several of them with people in his face. Diving for the end zone. The guy has all the courage in the world and toughness. The other night he showed it. He’s as tough as they come.”

The Sooners face Missouri Saturday night for the Big 12 title. OU swept Missouri in two games last season. Since the Tigers return quarterback Chase Daniel, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Chase Coffman is it similar to the offense the Sooners faced last season or Texas Tech?

“The fact they’re spread I guess there are similarities that way in some screens, but they’re a different offense than Tech,” Stoops said.

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