August 23, 2007

Just Joshin': Bradford born to be quarterback

Just Joshin' is a commentary article written by associate editor Josh McCuistion. It's a lighthearted look at any topic possible relating to Oklahoma athletics.

Well, I'm a few months late for Valentine's Day but call me a romantic as I heard the announcement of Sam Bradford's insertion into the start line-up. No, no, no, I've not suffered a brain-transplant with the many Sooner co-eds who are sure to be swooning over the new face in Oklahoma football.

It just seems that there is some sort of beautiful symmetry to Bradford's ascension from a somewhat debated offer to starting as a red-shirt freshman.

Of course the journey started as a sophomore starter for one of Oklahoma's most tradition rich programs under Bob Wilson at Putnam City North.

"When I first saw Sam I wasn't going to watch him so much as see what Reggie Smith was going to do and see if he was worth all of the hype," former analyst Tim Sapp said. "Unfortunately for Sam, Reggie proved that he was as good as advertised, with two interceptions.

"Thing was you could tell that Sam had some talent, but I can remember people thinking I was crazy for saying he was a division one prospect. I can't say I thought he'd be an OU-caliber guy, but you could tell he had the basic skills to be a very good high school quarterback."

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