OU's QB battle begins

OU's four-man race gets underway this spring, and all of them are excited about the chance.

Oklahoma announced Monday spring football is back in Norman on March 7. It will be a pretty big day on campus. OU basketball will be hosting Big 12-leading Kansas at Lloyd Noble Center.

The day also marks OU’s second junior day, and that’s probably not a coincidence to want to have recruits on campus for the first day of practice.

And now 25 days out from the start of camp, the attention goes toward the quarterback position. Whose team is this going to be? We won’t find that answer out March 7, but it’s clear the battle to become the guy for the Sooners begins now.

Despite OU’s best efforts to recruit five-star quarterback Kyler Murray away from Texas A&M, Murray is set with the Aggies, and OU is set with the same four names on campus who were here this time last year.

It seemed odd OU didn’t add a quarterback late in the class, but the logic makes sense. You don’t just fill the spot because you think you should.

“We’re confident in the guys we have, but we also made a push for some,” recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy said. “There comes a fine line of we’re not going to bring a guy in just to bring a guy in.

“It will be extremely appealing to the top quarterbacks in the country next year that the University of Oklahoma is going to throw the ball quite a bit, and we didn’t sign anyone. That will grab a lot of people’s attention.”

Adding Lincoln Riley has already brought a lot of attention, and all of it positive so far for the Sooners. Quarterback Cody Thomas announced last week he is done playing baseball so he can concentrate solely on being the man for OU this season.

His father, Pete Thomas, said his son has not been this fired up about football in a long time and credits that to what Riley is bringing to the table.

The natural thought has been this offense is made for Baker Mayfield, and it was hard to argue that after Riley’s introductory press conference. He openly admitted he tried all he could to get Mayfield to East Carolina after he left Texas Tech.

And we haven’t even scratched the surface of Trevor Knight. Destined for greatness last season, his year was full of inconsistency on the field and more injuries as he has been unable to go a whole season healthy.

Not to be forgotten is redshirt freshman Justice Hansen. Most everybody believes it to be a three-man race so it’s going to be interesting to see what Hansen can do and if he can make an imprint in the hunt as well.

There are the four contenders. No late addition, and Bob Stoops is OK with that. He doesn’t see a cause for concern.

“I would if we didn’t have any other quarterbacks, but when you have four already on scholarship you feel good about that. And they are all young.”

Yep, spring football couldn’t get here any faster for OU fans.

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