Bradford's Return Bolsters '09 Offense

NORMAN, OKLA -- With the return of Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford the 2009 Sooner offense should have the talent to be considered one of the very best.

Sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford finally stitched up the bleeding from the Sooner Nation that began after the Jan. 8 loss in the BCS National Championship against the Florida Gators when he announced he would return for his junior season in the fall Wednesday afternoon.

Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, led the nation in passing efficiency for each of the last two seasons and has thrown for nearly 8,000 yards in his first two seasons at OU.

He has tossed 86 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions and is a notch above the rest of Division I quarterbacks.

Bradford's return really indicates how stacked the Sooners will be when fall rolls around.

They have a Heisman quarterback returning.

One that has been nearly unstoppable in his first two seasons at OU.

But the Sooners will also return sophomore defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, junior tight end Jermaine Gresham and junior offensive lineman Trent Williams.

"We're excited about [their return] for a couple of reasons," said head coach Bob Stoops. "Obviously, it makes our team stronger with that experience and that kind of talent back for another year."

One thing that makes this team so dangerous next season is the fact all these guys decided to stay, not just a couple.

The team chemistry could arguably be even better next year.

"I like my teammates and the coaches here and the atmosphere we practice and compete in," Gresham said. "This is the best decision for me right now, and I look forward to what we can accomplish next season. It also means a lot to me to graduate or be close to my degree when I finish my college career."

Bradford alluded to it as well.

"I'm very confident in the people that we have returning, obviously with Trent and Jermaine coming back," Bradford said. "Actually I don't know if you guys knew that, but I think they are coming back. Sorry coach. I feel like we're going to be very solid on offense again."

Something else that makes the Sooners dangerous is the simple fact of having all this experience back from a group that just lost a National Championship.

They will have more desire than a team that had less returning players.

"Obviously, it's frustrating dealing with a loss," Bradford said. "I want to come back and finish my career the right way on a win. So, I would say it did have a little bit of an influence on my decision, but I really tried to keep that out of mind because that could have limited myself to making the best decision for me."


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