OU coaches pondering QB options

Sooners hope for one quarterback to emerge but not against a rotation

Heading into the second full week of preseason camp, it’s doubtful that the quarterback battle at Oklahoma is decided.

We might still be a couple weeks away from an answer.

New offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley hinted last week about what he wanted from the quarterback position.

“One good one,” he said. “I don’t believe in playing two guys just to do it. I think the guy’s gotta be able to have some room to make mistakes and to grow and to play without being scared to make a mistake.

“If a guy struggles here or there, are you gonna put somebody else in? Of course you are. But we want to get with a guy and stick with him, and that’s how we’re gonna do it.”

Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas have each made strides in the summer but all play a different style. There’s some crossover, but each has his own skill set to utilize.

That can make playing two quarterbacks a difficult concept.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t really care who is the starter or how many quarterbacks are behind center as long as the job is getting done.

"It doesn't matter to me, as long as we're moving the ball. I think, always, you prefer to have one guy get the majority of it all and being the guy, but that guy has to produce as well,” Stoops said of playing two quarterbacks. “We'll see where it goes."


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