Rhett Bomar was named the starting quarterback on Monday, and after practice he agreed to talk to OUInsider.com for the Two Minute Drill.
JH: Rhett what are your feeling about being the starting quarterback against Tulsa?
RB: "I have a great opportunity to go out there and establish myself. I am real excited because this is what I have been working for. This is what I have been trying to do all my life and now it is hear. Now I just have to go out there and do my job."
JH: Can you lay out your emotions today as you learned that you were going to be the starting quarterback?
RB: "Just excitement and expectations. I am looking forward to Saturday. I just have to work hard this week, get my mind ready mentally, and then I will be ready to go out there and play."
JH: How did you receive the news?
RB: "Coach Long met with us individually."
JH: Did you feel you got enough opportunity to get your feet wet against TCU to where it won't be a new experience for you to play against Tulsa?
RB: "Yes, I got enough experience. Heck, I almost fell down on my first carry I was so excited. I am glad to get it out of the way, so I think I have an idea what it is like. Starting is a different deal, but I think I got that handled."
JH: It is almost better that you were running instead of trying to throw a deep ball or you would have thrown it out of the stadium?
RB: "Yeah, probably (laughs)."
JH: Talk about what you can bring to the offense now that you are a starter?
RB: "I don't know. I think I can throw the ball and I think I will be able to get that done. We are still going to try to establish the run game. We had spurts on Saturday where we could do that and at times we didn't. I am just going to go out there and play my game and let my natural abilities take over."
JH: Coach Stoops said this team needed to play with more of an attitude. Since you are a fiery type of guy, can you help to spark the attitude of this team?
RB: "I think we have an alright attitude, but I don't think we were being as successful doing the things we should have been doing on Saturday, so everybody is down a little bit. I think I can bring some excitement. I am a fiery guy you know, and I thought I brought a little excitement to that team after that first run. I get up and jump around and stuff like that, but I don't think I have to force anything on the team. They will be fine come gameday."
JH: What did you think about your performance against TCU?
RB: "Just like everybody would say on this team, I thought I could have played better. That is a given. Being my first experience I should have done some things better, but I think I did alright as a whole."
JH: You need more than 10 snaps to get into a rhythm don't you?
RB: "That is true. You do need a continued amount of reps to get into a really good rhythm. Since I have been here I haven't really had the chance to do that. I think this will be my first opportunity to get any significant amount of playing time. I am looking forward to seeing what I can do, and I think that is what they are looking for too."
JH: Tulsa said today on a conference call that they didn't have any choice, but to stack the box after the success that TCU had against you. What are your thoughts on that?
RB: "They are going to until we prove them otherwise. Let them do it, that is fine by me. As a quarterback, I have to go out there and make them pay and that is the bottom line. If they are going to do that they are showing no respect at all and we have to go out there and make them pay. As of right now we haven't shown anything about making them do otherwise, so we have to make them pay and they will back up."
JH: It is not just improved quarterback play that has to materialize for OU to have a better offense against Tulsa?
RB: "That is true. It takes a lot of things to go right to play successful. Nothing is perfect and there is not always going to be the perfect pass or perfect route. Everybody has to worry about getting their job done, and I think we are going to be good on Saturday."
Bomar: "I can't wait for Saturday"
Sooners Illustrated Top Stories
OU excited for Ruffin McNeill arrivalRuffin McNeill has arrived at OU and that's a good thing for Sooners.
Sooners IllustratedYesterday at 8:51 AM
OU's recruiting role reversal?The role reversal in Norman in terms of a recruiting class that goes from Bob Stoops to Lincoln Riley.
Sooners IllustratedWednesday at 9:12 AM
Riley's contract highlights OU's raisesLincoln Riley is going to make $3.5 million in a five-year deal.
Sooners IllustratedTuesday at 4:43 PM
Tavion Thomas commits to OUOU's claim as RBU adds another with Scout 300 RB Tavion Thomas.
Sooners IllustratedTuesday at 2:13 PM
Skip Johnson named skipper for OU baseballOU stays in the family, promoting Skip Johnson as Sooners next baseball coach.
Sooners IllustratedMonday at 4:43 PM