July 14, 2011
Just Joshin': Sooner Successes Have Common Thread
Just Joshin' is a commentary article written by SoonerScoop.com editor Josh McCuistion. It's a lighthearted look at any topic possible relating to Oklahoma athletics.
In the best classes of Bob Stoops's tenure in Norman the groups have been led by a quality signal caller. In 1999 the Sooners brought in not only future All-American's Josh Heupel and Jason White but future Rose Bowl MVP Nate Hybl. In the class of 2006 the Sooners landed future Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford and finally in the class of 2008 the Sooners landed current star quarterback Landry Jones, who is yet another Heisman contender. That fivesome of quarterbacks has helped Oklahoma to six of it's seven conference titles and each started in at least one BCS bowl game.
Looking through the names, clearly Oklahoma has been strong in it's evaluations at the position through the years but not every one of those choices were Oklahoma's first option at the position. So what's the track record of players that perhaps weren't the first option but were still pursued and reeled in by Oklahoma's quarterback recruiter of the day?
Regardless of what can be said now it's probably safe to assume that Heupel wasn't the first guy Mike Leach thought of when he took the job so clearly that's one in the favor of the future of yesterday's dual-threat quarterback commitment, Trevor Knight.
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