Rawls set to return

Redshirt freshmen quarterback cleared to return to practice after thumb injury and concussion

Backup quarterback Brent Rawls has been cleared to resume workouts starting next Monday, according to sources within the Oklahoma football program. The Sooners will go through their second and final off-week of the season following this weekends matchup with No. 9 Iowa State.

The redshirt freshmen from Shreveport, La. has been out of action since injuring his thumb during a preseason scrimmage and a suffering a concussion the evening of the Alabama game on September 7.

The Oklahoma coaches hope Rawls will be ready to suit and play, if necessary, in the Colorado game on November 2 in Norman.

Rawls attended the Oklahoma's last week and again today, but did not suit up. He will observe practices this week and he has started to throw the football, and it appears that his thumb has healed enough for him to throw the football with his normal ability.

There is no word if he will be the backup quarterback or the third team quarterback when he returns.

My guess is that he will be the third team quarterback for the Colorado game, and then he will be allowed to compete for the backup job with Paul Thompson the following week. My best guest is that Thompson will remain the backup for the remainder of the season.

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