SI Take 3: QB will be game time decision

OU coach Bob Stoops addressed the media one last time before the team goes to New Orleans next week and talked the QB situation, depth chart issues and of course, Alabama.

Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will give you the three most important things to take from the session.

Game No. 13 vs. No. 3 Alabama (AllState Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2)

Take No. 1: No starting quarterback will be named

Nobody really expected Stoops to name a starting quarterback, but he eliminated any possible talk by saying that will be a game time decision between Trevor Knight and Blake Bell.

Stoops was asked about the confidence Bell after leading the game-winning drive for OU at Oklahoma State last week, but Stoops said that's not really an issue.

"I feel Blake has always had confidence," Stoops said. "I watched his demeanor before that final drive. I was kind of smiling because I knew he can't wait to go."

Knight and Bell have been taking turns as the starting quarterback this year and it won't be an injury to determine this one. Stoops said Knight has practiced the last two days and his shoulder problem will not be an issue going forward.

Take No. 2: Depth chart cleared up

Very coy about the status of his players during the final month of the season, Stoops was a lot more open in talking injuries and who is likely to be back for the Sugar Bowl.

Obviously Knight will be back, but he's not alone. Stoops said freshman linebacker Jordan Evans is back practicing with the team.

The news isn't so good with offensive linemen Tyrus Thompson and Adam Shead as Stoops didn't say they were completely out of the picture but did say he didn't expect them for the bowl game.

He also said the status of Torrea Peterson is unknown at this time and there was no update in regards to Corey Nelson and his medical hardship case.

Take No. 3: Stoops continues to rave about McCarron

One of the more startling things from the initial press conference was Stoops not being bashful to say he thinks Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is the best player in the country.

A week later, and Stoops wasn't backing down and detailed why he thinks McCarron is such a great player.

Alabama has a lot of stars on its team that sometimes McCarron can be overlooked. Stoops said that won't be a problem.

"They won't miss him when it comes to the NFL Draft," Stoops said. "The guy is fabulous. He throws a great ball. He manages the game. He's a leader. Makes very few mistakes. He's all you want in a quarterback."

Stoops said he did remember offering McCarron coming out of high school but had no idea the Sooners were in the mix leading up to national signing day.

He said he was surprised to read that just like everybody else last week when McCarron revealed he was thinking about going to OU until the final minute when he stuck with the Crimson Tide.

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