When the 2001 football season began, Brent Rawls' timeline for making a claim for the starting quarterback position at Oklahoma was in the air. With a list of injuries and inconsistent performance by the incumbent quarterbacks, Rawls may get a chance sooner than originally expected.
Hailing from Shreveport (Evangel Christian), Brent committed to the Sooners because of the high-octane scheme Oklahoma employs. Looking at the numbers that former Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel produced in two seasons, Rawls could not resist.
During his one and only season at quarterback in high school, Rawls Completed 222-of-384 (58%) passes for 3,549 yards and 35 touchdowns. Impressive stats for his first year at the quarterback position.
Although Rawls is a different style of player than the aforementioned Heupel, he hopes to have similar success when he gets his chance to lead the team. At 6'5" and possessing great mobility, look for Rawls to add another threat to the dynamic Sooner attack.
Much like Jason White did for the Sooners in the latter part of the season, Rawls has the ability to pull the ball down and run when plays do not develop. Just because he is mobile, however, do not discount the power and accuracy of his arm. His tremendous skills and natural ability will prove to be a valuable asset in the coming years.
When questioned about his chances of being the starting signal caller for the Sooners in 2002, the former USA Today Louisiana Player of the Year does not shy away from the competition.
"I just need to work hard in my off season and just stay in shape and do what I can do. I will let the coaches decide from there."
Rawls, who is redshirting in the current 2001 season, had the advantage of using the extra practices before the Cotton Bowl to further familiarize himself with the Oklahoma playbook.
"I have been able to run our offense instead of other people's offenses; just getting in there and getting repetitions," Rawls explained. "What I need now is to learn more about this offense and just get more comfortable with it."
"I definitely think I have improved a lot in the last couple of weeks," he continues. "I feel pretty comfortable right now."
Rawls getting ready for 2002
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