If Saturday evening's showdown between Jason White and Nate Hybl is any indication of OU's overload at the quarterback position, it appears that the Sooners will be just fine this year with whoever gets the starting nod on August 25th.
All eyes were on the battle between Hybl and White and both came out of the gates on their first series with the first team offense and directed their unit to touchdowns against the second team defense.
White, who was thought to be the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart heading into Saturday's scrimmage, was the first quarterback to take the field with the first team offense and did not disappoint connecting on a 44-yard touchdown down the left sideline to Antwone Savage.
The redshirt sophomore from Tuttle did everything he could to make his claim that he is the Sooners' top signal caller completing 17-of-26 passes for 232 yards including two touchdown passes. White also threw two interceptions, both of which were bounced off of his intended receivers hands and caught by the defense.
Hybl, who was the backup to Josh Heupel last season and the No. 1 quarterback coming into the fall, did nothing to hurt his chances completing 20-of-28 passes for 220 yards including one touchdown pass and one interception.
Hybl's touchdown pass came on his first drive with the first team offense when he hit Damian Mackey for an 18-yard score on a quick screen that the Sooner wideout weaved in and out of defenders to get to the end zone.
Mackey was the Sooners most impressive receiver on this day leading the OU pass catching corp with six catches for 109 yards, including another 41-yard touchdown pass from Jason White.
Oklahoma's first team offensive line held together well for the most part without starting center Josh Smith in the lineup due to injury.
True freshman Vince Carter took the majority of the snaps at center with the first unit and played well along with the first team offensive line.
OU's top five lineman paved the way for several of the Sooners running backs to have big runs in limited action.
Perhaps the most impressive running back on this day was sophomore Jared Estus. Estus, who came into the scrimmage as OU's No. 3 running back, took advantage of his opportunity to shine carrying the ball five times for 46 yards including a 33-yard run. Estus is a pure speed back who reminds some of former Sooner De'Mond Parker with his pure speed and finesse juke moves on defenders in the open field.
Another running back who was impressive Saturday is a different style of running back than Estus was sophomore Renaldo Works. Works possesses a combination of speed and power who is not afraid to stiff arm, out run or run over a defensive back in the open field.
Works carried the ball six times for 22 yards and was impressive on one play taking a shuttle pass up the middle for a big gain. Works caught two passes for 22 yards.
Junior running back Quentin Griffin saw limited playing time early, but still managed to draw praise from Bob Stoops after the game for his five catch effort and blocking in the backfield.
True freshman Kejuan Jones was OU's second leading rusher on Saturday gaining 23 yards on five carries against the Sooners' No. 1 defense.
Oklahoma's No. 1 defense did it's job during the scrimmage shutting out the second team offense despite the fact that all-american candidate Rocky Calmus was held out of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons. Calmus is not injured, but the OU coaching staff is taking no chances on getting their stud linebacker injured relegating Calmus to holding the first down chain markers for the majority of the scrimmage.
Sooner fans got a glimpse of the future at quarterback early in the scrimmage when true freshman Brent Rawls took the field with the second team offense against the first team defense.
On his first play from center Rawls perfected a play action causing both OU safety Roy Williams and cornerback Antonio Perkins to bite on the run and he hit Ty Kincannon over the top on a 67-yard pass play down to the three-yard line, only to have the play called back on a holding call.
On the very next play from scrimmage Rawls fell after the center stepped on his foot after the exchange, but that did not fluster the true freshman as he finished his time completing some rocket passes connecting on 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards.
Hybl 20-28-220 (1 TD, 1 INT)
White 17-26-232 (2 TD, 2 INT)
Wall 1-3-10 yards
Rawls 2-3-14 yards
Estus 5-46 yards (1 TD)
K. Jones 5-23
Mackey 6-09 yards (1 TD)
Savage 1-44 (1 TD)
B. Jones 3-34
Fagan 2/-29 (1 TD)
T. Smith 2-16
Savage 44-yard pass from White
Fagan 18-yard pass from Hybl
Mackey 41-yard pass from White
Estus 33-yard run
Hybl, White equally impressive in scrimmage
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