The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


September 16, 2007

Stoops avoids Bradford all-star talk

NORMAN — One national network (Sporting News Radio) had Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford as its co-No. 1 candidate for the Heisman Trophy with Arkansas running back Dwight McFadden.

ESPN’s Mark May has proclaimed Bradford to be the best quarterback in Oklahoma history already.

Not bad for someone who was named the starting quarterback less than a month ago.

Just don’t ask Sooners coach Bob Stoops about it yet.

“I’m not even going to go to one of those type questions,’’ said Stoops when asked if he felt Bradford was one of the nation’s two or three best quarterbacks. “He’s been in three games. He played great for us, but you guys (the media) can do all that stuff. It’s not for me to do.’’

Bradford completed 19 of 26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the Sooners’ 54-3 romp over Utah State Saturday. He did show he was human by throwing his first interception of the season.

“He’s doing a really good job of seeing the field and going to his second and third options,’’ Stoops said. “He throws a catchable ball. He doesn’t try to beat up anyone up with it. He has a great touch.’’

Bradford’s numbers for his first three games compare favorably with former OU quarterback Jason White’s run to the 2003 Heisman Trophy.

After three games (North Texas, Alabama and Fresno State) of 2003, White had hit on 69 of 107 passes for 845 yards, nine touchdowns and had thrown one interception. Bradford has connected on 59 of 74 passes for 823 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception.

“I think right now I am just playing into the system, looking at the options,’’ he said. “I am just taking it one play at a time.’’

Bradford’s success, Stoops said, has been a team effort from his receivers, offensive line, the running game and the preparation of the offensive coaches.

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