Bomar confident OU will get passing game going

Redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar talks about Saturday's second half against Tulsa and the future of the Sooner passing game.

Redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar will get his second start this Saturday as he leads the underdog Sooners on the road against UCLA.

It has been a strange year thus far for Bomar. First he finished second in a competition for the starting quarterback job during training camp, despite the fact he felt he had clearly won the job. Then he learns after the Sooners get upset by TCU that he will start game two, only to go out in game two and not throw a pass in the second half.

Man, that can be tough on a guy who is ranked the No. 1 QB in the country coming out of high school.

However, Bomar is a leader first. And as the QB of the Sooners, that is a job that he doesn't take lightly. After practice tonight Bomar talked to OUInsider for the Two Minute Drill.

JH: Coach Long says he thinks he knows what you can best do in a passing game. What do you think is your best ability in a passing game?

RB: "I don't know. That is up to Coach Long to decide. I have felt all along that I can do all of our passing game that we have in the gameplan. We did it in practice and I think we can do it in a game. We just have to show it. As far as me, I feel good in every play that we have and feel we can execute it."

JH: Do you feel more comfortable throwing some passes more than others?

RB: "To tell you the truth I don't. Whatever I have to throw I am fine with. I feel I can make all the throws, I just have to go out there and do it."

JH: You say that you have been throwing the ball in practice well, but why do you feel that hasn't transferred to the game field.

RB: "The other day we had a gameplan and we chose to do that. We didn't run all of our plays, but everyone thinks that we can not throw the ball. Oh man, they are in trouble.That is not true. We had a gameplan where we wanted to run the ball and be physical and we did.

"Me, personally, you will see me make the throws in the future, everybody just has to be patient. I mean, it is only one game. We have 10 more to go this year. I will be fine."

JH: Do you feel that the offense just needs something to get it going, that it just needs a spark?

RB: "Yeah, it is there. We just have to execute. We are very capable of doing that and we are going to do much better Saturday."

JH: Welcome to college football, Rhett. Did you ever think that you would come to a big-time program like OU being a throwing quarterback and now people are wondering if you can throw the ball?

RB: "Yeah, I know, It is kind of funny. People are questioning my ability after one game as a starter just because we didn't throw it a lot in the second half. We do have Adrian back there, who is a once in a life time player. We are going to get him the ball as much as possible. Everybody has their opinion and that is fine, because I don't care."

JH: Let's see you only threw for over 6,000 yards and 58 touchdowns in high school. But now you can't throw the ball, right?

RB: "I really don't care as long as we win. That is just a bunch of stats and we are not a big stat team. We are not looking out there to lead the country in offense if we don't win the game. All we want to do is win and the stats will come with winning. Come Saturday we are going to have fun in the passing game."

JH: The coaches talked about how they used the Tulsa game to get an aggressive attitude built within the football team. Did you feel that mission was accomplished?

RB: "I do. Being physical is very important, especially in college football and especially in the Big 12. We are going to play teams like Texas, Texas A&M and teams like that who are physicaland you have to play smash mouth football.

"We need to get the ball to AD and then let our offensive line blow some people off the line. You can't finesse everybody all the time and think you are going to win football games. That works for a certain amount of time, but when somebody hits you in the mouth you have to respond.

"I think that was what we were looking for and we got that stared on Saturday."

JH: Do you like what happened on the O-line against Tulsa?

RB: "They played great. They run-blocked well and we pass-blocked well. The O-line is fine."

JH: Don't you feel that the offense does need balance to be successful?

RB: "It is a key because you have to throw the ball when it comes down to it. We have to be balanced because we can't rely on Adrian all year. He is going to get beat up and he is going to take a lot of hits if we run him all year.

"We will be fine. We have it and now we just have to go out there and do it. Coaches know what they are doing and nobody should question that. We will be fine. I think you will see more Saturday and in the future."

JH: What are your thoughts on UCLA?

RB: "They are a good team and they have good athletes. They are in the Pac-10, which is a major conference. They probably have the best athletes that we have played so far. We are going to have to come and play."

JH: I know you don't look at the newspapers or websites, but have you had anybody in class saying anything to you about not completing a pass or about the passing game struggling?

RB: "Parents read the newspapers, kids don't read the newspapers. Nobody says anything to me going to class or when I am just walking around. I don't think they would say anything to a lot of football players because they are probably scared of all these big guys walking around.

"I am just a little ole quarterback, so they might eventually say something to me. I don't think they will say anything because they will just look stupid. They won't know what they are talking about. Nobody has said anything to me and I don't think they will."


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