The Oklahoma Sooners got some huge news this afternoon when Heisman winning quarterback Sam Bradford announced his intentions to return to the team in 2009 and informed that his favorite red-zone target Jermaine Gresham would join him.
"After looking at all of the information and obviously weighing the pros and cons of both opportunities that I have I feel that it is in my best interest to come back to the University of Oklahoma for my junior season," Bradford said to applause.
Bradford threw for an astonishing 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns on his way to the Heisman Memorial Trophy and he will be the clear-cut favorite to win the award again in 2009.
He admitted that the camaraderie with his teammates played a huge factor in his decision making process, and he also let it slip out that Jermaine Gresham would also return to the OU offense in 2009.
With Bradford, Williams, and Gresham back in the fold the Sooners will be a favorite to win their fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship.
"I am very confident in the people that we have returning I think that obviously with Trent (Williams) and Jermaine (Gresham) coming back that – actually I do not know if you guys knew that, but I think they are coming back – with them coming back I fell like we are going to be very solid on offense again," Bradford admitted with a nervous laugh.
Stoops echoed Bradford's comments about the impact that the returning underclassmen will have next season, after all it is not every week that you learn that you will have four potential first round draft picks (Bradford, Gresham, McCoy, and Williams) committing to your program.
"I would say much bigger," Stoops responded when asked if it was better than national signing day. "A lot of times those guys that you project on signing day are not quite what you thought."
"Of course we are all excited that Sam is coming back. And the other guys that Sam alluded to. Obviously it makes our team stronger with that experience and that talent back for another year."