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OU football: David Cornwell will be in mix of QBs competing for Alabama's starting job in 2014

The Norman North senior will move to Tuscaloosa on Sunday and immediately enter the battle to replace AJ McCarron.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 30, 2013

photo - Norman North quarterback David Cornwell had knee surgery last week.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Norman North quarterback David Cornwell had knee surgery last week. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Bell has looked excellent at times and dreadful at others. Knight returned to the starting lineup for the final two regular-season games, but the Sooners still haven't named a Sugar Bowl starter.

Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide gets one last game with McCarron, this year's Heisman Trophy runner-up, before it must endure a similar quarterback battle.

McCarron won 36 games in his three seasons as the starter and led the Tide to consecutive national championships in 2011 and 2012.

“That'll be a really good competition this spring,” said Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. “Really, really excited about our young players on the roster at that position. With any young quarterback there's a steep learning curve, and for those guys it's about getting snaps every day and continuing to progress.”

Oklahoma never seriously recruited Cornwell, instead choosing to pursue another local quarterback — Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen. He committed to the Sooners last April.

Like Cornwell, Hansen also missed most of his senior season. Hansen suffered a high-ankle sprain in October and never returned to action.

Both Cornwell and Hansen will be at the Under Armour All-America game in Orlando, Fla., during the Sugar Bowl. Neither quarterback will play in the game itself, but both are there participating in other activities.

“Both hurt, both from Oklahoma,” Cornwell said of Hansen. “Good kid. Good to get to know him a bit more. We haven't really talked about the game. He doesn't try to trash talk you at all.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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