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OU football notebook: Stoops: Bradford ‘best we’ve ever had’

Oklahoman Modified: December 3, 2008 at 8:57 am •  Published: December 3, 2008
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photo - Oklahoma's  Sam  Bradford (14) has his left thumb taped up as he looks to throw the ball during the first half of Bedlam at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Stillwater, Okla. STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER
Oklahoma's Sam Bradford (14) has his left thumb taped up as he looks to throw the ball during the first half of Bedlam at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Stillwater, Okla. STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER
In the past, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been hesitant to compare quarterback Sam Bradford with past Sooner QBs Jason White and Josh Heupel.

Until Tuesday.

"At this point — I’ve been asked that too early in times past — is he the best we’ve had?” Stoops said. "I don’t think there’s any question now.”

Heupel led OU to the 2000 national title and was a Heisman runner-up. White won the Heisman in 2003 and was a finalist in 2004.

"I love what Jason White was able to do, he was incredible with his circumstances and what he fought through,” Stoops said. "And Josh Heupel, what he was able to do in a short time here.

"But what Sam has been able to do in two years, I don’t know how to explain it.”

Bradford also is one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award and one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, which goes to the nation’s top quarterback.

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