Sooners name Hybl starting quarterback

The quarterback race is over, at least for now.

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops announced after Wednesday morning's practice that Junior Nate Hybl will start OU's season opener against North Carolina on Aug. 25.

Wednesday's announcement ends over five months of speculation following the end of Oklahoma's 13-2 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State in early January of whether Hybl, of sophomore Jason White would replace Heisman Trophy runner-up Josh Heupel at quarterback.

"We made a decision," said Stoops after Wednesday morning's practice. "We are going to go with Nate Hybl right now as the starter and Jason (White) as No. 2."

"What's been great about the competition is that Jason's become ready to play. I think Jason is ready to play because of having to go through all of this. Jason has come along and has risen his level of play to that of a starter."

Hybl transferred to Oklahoma in the spring of 1999 from the University of Georgia after he was beaten out for the starting spot by former Bulldog and current Dallas Cowboy quarterback Quincey Carter.

The 6-3, 217-pound native of Hazlehurst, Ga. sat out the ‘99 season after transferring and beat out White for the Sooners' backup spot behind Heupel last season.

"At this point, Nate has made a few more plays, or a few less bad plays," said Stoops on what separated Hybl from White.

"We evaluate all of our practices as well as our scrimmages including "skel" situations. We feel like he's earned the opportunity to be No. 1, and that's the way we are going to go right now."

Hybl completed 9-of-16 pass attempts last season in a limited backup role including two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

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