Oklahoma undecided on which quarterback will get Sugar Bowl start

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NORMAN, Okla. — Bob Stoops has become so accustomed to questions about Oklahoma’s starting quarterback this season that he headed off the first inquiry in mid-sentence Monday.

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops says the choice of his bowl quarterback will be based on practice and game plan.   FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops says the choice of his bowl quarterback will be based on practice and game plan.

“That will be a game-time decision,” the Sooners coach said.

The guessing game that has surrounded the quarterback position for Oklahoma dates back to the end of last season when four-year starter Landry Jones graduated.

And if anything has become clear with the ongoing competition between Trevor Knight, Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson, it’s that the situation is fluid and Stoops isn’t likely to name a starter before the 11th-ranked Sooners (10-2) face two-time defending national champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

“We just like to keep you guys guessing with who we’re going to put back there,” Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard said.

Stoops said Knight is full recovered from his shoulder injury, and that he’s practiced each of the past two days.

Stoops said he expects the starter to be determined based both on the pre-bowl practices and which quarterback fits the game plan best.

Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin said the team has a “full level of confidence” in whichever quarterback is under center against Alabama.

That should come as no surprise, given how accustomed the Sooners have become to changes at the position this season.

“We’re not really necessarily worried about who’s in there at quarterback,” Colvin said. “We know that coach (Stoops) is going to give us the best chance to win. Our job, as a defense, we’ve got to go out there and maybe cover up some of the mistakes that go on, or go out there and save them sometimes.”


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