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Sam Bradford says OU has a shot to contend for national championship

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Modified: May 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm •  Published: May 15, 2011

Sam Bradford is now tangibly part of Oklahoma's football tradition.

Saturday night at the first Sooner Spectacular, a bronze statue of his likeness was unveiled that soon will be transported to Heisman Park outside Memorial Stadium.

Before the banquet in his honor — which also helped raise money for OU's new athletic dorm — Bradford spoke with The Oklahoman about the NFL Lockout, new OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and the 2011 Sooners:

What do you think of the Sooners going into next season?

“I think they've got a shot to be great. If you look at all the guys that have experience, experience playing in big games, they didn't lose a lot from last year. I think they've got a shot to be a legitimate national championship team. Hopefully they can. I would love to see that.”

What specifically do you like about them?

“I'm excited, being with Coach Heupel for four years, him being my quarterback coach, and now the fact he's going to offensive coordinator or the co-offensive coordinator and have a major hand in play-calling, I'm really looking forward to that. If the Fiesta Bowl is any indication of what this year is going to be like, they're going to throw it a lot. Think they're going to spread the ball out, and they're going to be fun to watch.”

What are your thoughts about Heupel taking over?

“He's going to work harder than anyone. I think that's one of the things I learned from my time at OU. In order to be successful on the field, you have to put in the time, and you have to put in the work. There's no doubt he's going to do that. I think he's going to be a great example for all the younger guys on the team. I think he's going to expect a lot out of everyone on the offense. It's always been my opinion that when you're expected to play at a high level you tend to rise to that level. I really think that's what's going to happen this year.”

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