Through the first two weeks of practice, it seems as though the quarterback race has tightened up – and even become a three-way battle.
“They’re all playing well, honestly. They’re making it hard,” Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “They’re all three still repping equally. They’re making it hard on Coach Stoops and I, the rest of the staff.”
All three emphasized that the scrimmage setting provides another – and a different – chance to show something to Riley and head coach Bob Stoops.
Mayfield said he felt pretty good about the scrimmage and pointed out that it’s the first game-like situation. Knight said that scrimmages aren’t about showing technique but instead understanding the game and the offense.
“You can show him how you manage the game, how you manage the clock,” said Knight, who has more than twice as many starts as either of the other two quarterbacks. “We had the clock running. How you got from play to play to play – and situational stuff as well. You get to play the first and second down plays. You’ve also go different third down sets – third-and-long or third-and-short. All types of situations.
“That’s something you can really focus in on during a scrimmage.”