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OU's Bradford could be first QB to win back-to-back Big 12 titles

By Jake Trotter Published: August 11, 2008
NORMAN — Bob Stoops is not much into statistics. But one stat he likes to evoke is that his teams have won five Big 12 Championships with five different quarterbacks.

Soon, he might have to put that line in the archives.

That's because quarterback Sam Bradford returns for his sophomore season, fresh off leading the Sooners to a Big 12 title.

Still, Oklahoma might end up with another feat as impressive — a quarterback to lead his team to back-to-back league championships.

That has never been done in the Big 12, obviously, since OU became the first Big 12 school just to win consecutive titles last year.

Nebraska's Scott Frost and OU's Jason White both came close, but lost in their first conference title games.

"The reason I think that's never happened is probably the conference,” Bradford said. "The conference is so strong with a lot of good teams.”

Winning back-to-back league titles isn't just tough in the Big 12. Since 1996, the advent of the Big 12, no school has won consecutive championships in the SEC.

And the list of quarterbacks who have won back-to-back titles is slim.

"The really good teams usually are playing junior and senior quarterbacks so they don't get the chance,” OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson pointed out.

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Jason White, left, throws as Adrian Peterson provides blocking support during a 2004 game. White is one of three quarterbacks to play in multiple Big 12 title games. THE OKLAHOMAN archive

Quarterbacks who have played in multiple Big 12 title games

Scott Frost, Nebraska
•1996 (lost), 1997 (won)

Major Applewhite, Texas
•1999 (won), 2001 (lost)

Jason White, Oklahoma
•2003 (lost), 2004 (won)

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