OU develops trust-based QB culture

Sooners coaching staff isn't worried about any of its signal callers

Near the end of preseason camp, Oklahoma’s offensive players met with the media for the second time in August.

And for the second time, quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas stood there – answering questions just off the OU rugby fields, where the Sooners are holding most of their practices.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops is showing that there’s a level of trust with the quarterbacks, who are locked in a three-way battle.

“They're a good group which has been the case with us I guess because of all the good coaching they've had – not from me but by quarterback coaches,” Stoops said.

The group is friendly with each other, routinely showing up to practice together.

“They help each other,” Stoops said. “That's pretty neat to see that they're interested in making each other better for the team and however it plays out, it'll play out but they're all getting ready to play. I think they realize that a year ago we needed several quarterbacks.”

This isn’t the first time that the Oklahoma quarterbacks have developed a strong bond – although it is the first time that the Sooners quarterbacks have all been placed in the spotlight simultaneously.

Knight and Blake Bell were close two years ago when the two had their own battle.

“It comes with the culture overall of the team but also of being unselfish and also I think their quarterback coaches, all these guys that we've had through the years from Chuck to Josh to now Lincoln, they've all developed that kind of culture,” Stoops said. “Fortunately, we've also had character guys that it's their nature to be that way. So it's just been positive.”


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