This is a natural progression. Stoops’ best quarterbacks were Marlboro Men, guys who were quick on the trigger but slow to speak. Heupel was that way. Jason White, too.
But both developed into leaders and earned rampant respect from their squadrons.
We already know that Bradford is one smart cookie, book-wise. He seems to have that even more valuable component of common sense.
Just because you think quickly on the football field doesn’t mean you have to speak quickly.
"You have to know who you’re talking to,” Bradford said. "And timing dictates how you talk to different teammates.”
Leadership can be a load. For instance, leaders can have a bad day. They just can’t let everyone see how bad the day is.
Bradford says his demeanor matters.
"Sometimes I get frustrated if I’m not playing well,” Bradford said. Heupel has reminded him to "keep my body language positive. If I stay positive and keep everyone else going, we can all have a good day.”
The 2009 Sooners come out of their shell Saturday night against Brigham Young, and Bradford will adorn the spotlight.
Helmet will replace ballcap atop Harry Heisman’s head. The scruffy look will be gone; Bradford shaves on Fridays so his face is smooth for game day. His beard was busting out Tuesday because he forgot to shave last week.
When you’ve won the Heisman, there is no hiding, from foe or friend.
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