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Sooners’ fortune tied to QB growing up

by Berry Tramel Published: June 14, 2006
t college athletes can have many more problems than alcohol.

Nutrition, depression, relationships, stress. Great athletes aren't immune from the problems that afflict us all.

"Everybody's supposed to throw the perfect strike or make a 3-point shot, and people think they're not supposed to have any problems," Castiglione said.

"We have to use good, sound judgment to be aware, to be mindful, to be wise. It's also important to be discerning. Is it a problem or flat-out immaturity? We never assume it's either or."

Chances are, Bomar's troubles are in the past. Jerry Schmidt's drill-sergeant act and Stoops' lecture provide plenty of motivation.

Reaching 21 will help. Bomar likely will become more Tom Brady and less Tom Sawyer.

But you never know.

"You're always concerned with a player's development and maturity," Stoops said. "Rhett's learning through some mistakes. There's a responsibility. Everything he does will be analyzed and critiqued.

"He's learned from that and will grow into a leader as he continues to develop."

Bomar remains more potential than production. Watch him play and you sense a certain special something. His stats did not reveal that 10 interceptions, 10 touchdowns.

Still, Bomar might be the best returning quarterback in a wiped-out Big 12, which will be missing Vince Young, Brad Smith, Reggie McNeal, Joel Klatt and Cody Hodges.

"I expect him to be much-improved," Stoops said. "All the added experience of an entire fall season, all the games, all the practices, all the work in the spring."

Believe the potential. But for that $2,200 jersey to rise in value, Bomar must stay out of further trouble.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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OU fans on Bomar

Jim Self, Broken Arrow: “I played baseball there in the ’50s. I think you’re going to have that (alcohol) from a young person. I would imagine they’d take care of it internally with the coaches. That is a worry, though. No doubt about that.”

Steve Ludwig, Tulsa: Alcohol “kind of goes along with the college atmosphere, I’d say. He could do worse. I don’t know that he’ll ever make it to the NFL; he doesn’t have the stature. But he’ll do good when he gets some experience under his belt. If he’d been given the chance (early) last year, he’d have a little more experience.”

Sandy Chalmers, Tulsa: “I think he’s got all the physical tools. Sometimes he gets a little ahead of himself. When you’re kind of young, you think you can get any ball in there. (The alcohol) doesn’t concern me at all. I went to OU, and I did it.”

Jeremy Rogers, Tulsa: “I think the potential’s there. I think he’s gotta stay focused. That’ll be the key. He’s got to lead the team, become a leader. He was young last year and did some silly things.”

Ups and downs

  • August 2004: Came to OU as the most heralded quarterback recruit since Jack Mildren. OSU coach Mike Gundy called Bomar the best high-school quarterback he had ever seen.

  • September 2005: A sluggish start to his college career. Bomar completed just 7 of 20 passes for 61 yards against TCU and Tulsa; his fumbles against TCU and UCLA led to touchdowns in tight games that OU lost.

  • Sept. 3, 2005: Cited for minor in possession of alcohol; the case was dismissed in January.

  • Sept. 17, 2005: Completed 20 of 29 passes for 241 yards against UCLA, his second college start, though OU lost 41-24.

  • Oct. 8, 2005: Played miserably in a 45-12 loss to Texas; Bomar completed 12 of 33 passes for 94 yards, with an interception.

  • October-November 2005: In a three-game stretch, completed 58 of 98 passes for 724 yards as the Sooners swept Baylor, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

  • Dec. 29, 2005: In a 17-14 Holiday Bowl victory over Oregon, Bomar completed 17 of 30 passes for 229 yards and for the third straight game was not sacked, after being sacked 17 times in OU's first nine games.

  • March 10, 2006: Cited at the Ford Center for minor in possession of alcohol; pled guilty May 31.

  • July 13, 2006: Scheduled to be arraigned for hosting a nuisance party, a misdemeanor citation.


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