Snyder high on the Sooners, White


The words could have just as easily come from Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on Kansas State, but instead they are the early assessment of the Oklahoma Sooners by Wildcat coach Bill Snyder.

A Sooner team that is No. 1; a Sooner team that is 12-0.

''It's easy to see the talent they have and it's easy to see why Jason White is the favorite for the Heisman,'' Snyder said. ''He's really a talented young guy and he has some extremely talented wide receivers that he distributes the ball to.''

Snyder went on to mention an offensive line that is "pretty functional" whether blocking for the run or the pass.

On defense, Snyder said, "As expected, they play fast, play hard and very aggressive. Obviously, they're very talented with a lot of play makers."

So, the same as this 2003 Wildcat team?

Pausing, Snyder said, "I think some of that would be true, but not all of that. But some of that fits here."

Of White, the comparison was made to current Sooner quarterback coach, Chuck Long, who Snyder coached at the University of Iowa.

"He fits the mold of the ideal quarterback for a coach," Snyder said of White. "He's a young guy who is intelligent, studies it so hard, and makes an effort to learn the system and then take it to the field where he's playing with great confidence.

"I saw a TV clip of him (White) and he even looks like him (Long)," Snyder said. "His hair curled the same way and just looks like Chuck did as a college student."

On the Big 12 Conference call, Stoops said without question that his quarterback should be the Heisman Trophy winner.

"Absolutely," Stoops said. "Just compare him to Carlson Palmer (USC's 2002 Heisman winner). He had 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and Jason has 40 touchdowns and six interceptions. He's been incredible.

"We lost the four leading receivers in school history and a 2,000-yard rusher, so he's been the one driving it. The guy is incredible," Stoops said. "He's blown Carson Palmer's numbers away."

As for the pressure that an unbeaten Oklahoma team faces entering the Big 12 title game against Kansas State in Kansas City on Dec. 6, Snyder said, "I guess the odds go down over a period of time. You roll the dice at the table and sooner or later you'll get whatever the bad number is before you get the good number. You can only do it (win) so many times in a row, but I don't know if there's a limit."

Snyder said he didn't think pressure had anything to do with his undefeated 1998 Wildcat losing in the 1998 Big 12 title game to Texas A&M in double-overtime.

"That wasn't the product of being uptight about being undefeated," Snyder said.

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