NORMAN, Okla. - Sophomore Quarterback Brent Rawls talks about his performance in Saturday's scrimmage. Rawls completed 10-of-20 passes for 159 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones.
On his noticeable improvement this spring
"It is just getting more reps and getting comfortable with what you are doing. That is really all that it is. I just need to get in there and do what I do. The more reps that I get the more I can see what the defense is trying to do to me and how I can counter what the defense is trying to do. The more reps a quarterback gets the better he is going to be."
On what he wants to accomplish before next weekend's Red/White game
"I just want to keep doing what I am doing. I want to take what they give me and just do the best I can with it. I have to continue to read the defenses and just go out and play. The Red/White game is the official game and you have to take it a little more seriously, but in reality it is not any more serious than the scrimmage we had today. You have to take the scrimmage just as serious, or that is at least how I approach it."
On if Saturday was his best day yet as an Oklahoma quarterback
"I would say that is correct. We got in there and the offensive line was doing a good job blocking, the wide receivers were catching the ball and we ran the ball well today. That definitely helps me out when we are working as a team."
On some of his unusual sidearm passes
"I will do anything that I can to get the ball off before I get sacked. That is what the coaches tell us to do. They tell us to get the ball off and anyway possible."
On his chemistry with the receivers
"Just getting reps with your receivers and knowing where they are going and when they are going to come out of the break makes all the difference in the world. We have definitely worked on that a lot and we are feeling pretty comfortable with that right now."
On if he feels he's in a good position to win the starting spot after Saturday's scrimmage
"I have definitely made strides since the start of spring practice, but I can't took at our situation and say that I have done better than the other quarterbacks. I just have to look at what I have done right and what I have done wrong and then do what it takes to make myself better. At the first of the spring I was tensed up and not myself, but I am more relaxed now and getting more comfortable with the offense that we are running. I am a lot more poised that I have been here at OU. Passing comes down to being poised in the pocket and being comfortable knowing what you have to do and knowing that you have to throw the ball at a certain time to a certain spot."
Q&A with Brent Rawls
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