Oklahoma entered the summer with three scholarship quarterbacks so any sort of injury really derailed the 7-on-7 plans.
It has been talked about during the spring and summer with Connor McGinnis from Oklahoma City Heritage Hall coming to OU as a preferred walk-on.
But when the roster went through its updates, quarterback Reece Clark was also in that list. From Cypress, Texas, Clark is another quarterback with good size, but nobody knew he was coming to OU. He had let the world in April he was heading to Baylor as a walk-on.
“He contacted us, and we watched him and liked him,” first-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “He decided to say no to Baylor and yes to OU. Obviously that made us really happy.”
And finally gave the Sooners some depth at the position. Now with Mayfield and Thomas both healthy and throwing it all around the field again, OU has five quarterbacks slinging it.
That number five is important, said Riley.
“To do what we do well, you got to have five guys functioning and rolling to get all the reps in,” Riley said. “There is a history here on offense of walk-ons coming on and becoming big players so it’s huge for them and gives them an opportunity.”
All five quarterbacks have been participating in camp, and all five were throwing when members of the media were allowed to watch practice for a brief period of time earlier this week.