Bradford to wear splintOU coach Bob Stoops said Saturday that quarterback Sam Bradford will wear a splint on his left thumb against Florida, but that it won’t hamper him in any way. "He’s going to be in a splint, and the splint has been reduced each day,” Stoops said. "He’s been taking snaps at home ever since, really the last two, three practices. "It’s not an issue.”
Dolphin Stadium previewIn the span of eight days, Dolphin Stadium will host three football games, with the field getting re-sodded twice. How will the footing be for the OU-Florida national title game? A sneak preview could be the Miami-Baltimore AFC playoff game today from Dolphin Stadium, which comes less than 72 hours after the Orange Bowl. "You’ll notice that you never see the sod tearing up or the paint coming off during one of our games,” Dolphin Stadium senior director of grounds Al Sigwardt told the Miami Herald. "It’s the special sod made exclusively for us.”
Who’s the tailback?Not only do the Sooners say it doesn’t matter who plays tailback for them, some say they never knew whether Chris Brown or DeMarco Murray was in the game. Murray will miss the title game with a hamstring injury. "Half the time, we don’t know who’s behind us anyway,” OU tight end Jermaine Gresham said. "With the running backs, you never know.” In the Sooners’ no-huddle offense, players are too busy to see who’s in the game. Gresham says he usually finds out who is running the ball when the tailback picks himself off the ground. OU offensive tackle Phil Loadholt said he figures it out when the tailback runs past him.
No Heisman resentmentRemember the talk about Florida’s resentment over Bradford winning the Heisman Trophy? The Gators now claim it’s no big deal that their quarterback, Tim Tebow, didn’t repeat as Heisman winner. "Bradford is well-deserving,” said Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham. "It’s always good for someone to get the Heisman.” Said safety Ahmad Black, "The world knows they’re both great guys, great players. They picked (Tebow) last year.”
Bittersweet SEC DayFriday was a bittersweet day for the SEC. Ole Miss stunned Texas Tech 47-34 in the Cotton Bowl. But Utah shocked Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl. "Mississippi, I wasn’t surprised,” said Florida linebacker Ryan Stamper. "Ole Miss is a good team. The games they lost, they barely lost. "I definitely was surprised by Alabama. I was pretty upset. I thought they’d come out ready to play harder than that.” Ole Miss beat Florida 31-30. The Gators beat Bama 31-20 in the SEC championship game. "They didn’t look like the same Alabama team,” said Black. "I can’t understand what happened to their running game.”
Photo OpBradford posed for photos Friday with some of the flight crew on the Sooner charter. Are some aspects of winning the Heisman getting old? "Yeah, there’s times where you want to go where no one knows your name,” Bradford said. But "it’s really cool, having the opportunity to take pictures with people, give them something that they’ll have forever and they’ll enjoy.” BY BERRY TRAMEL AND JAKE TROTTER