April 7, 2007

OU coaches talk about play of QBs

Oklahoma's quarterback battle has been uneventful at times as no one player made a major move to solidify the starting quarterback spot. Sam Bradford has made tremendous progress in developing a better presence under center while Keith Nichol continues to make slow, but steady progress as a youngster who should still be in high school.

Joey Halzle may have been considered a frontrunner because of his experience, but he hasn't done enough to make himself standout against the hard-charging Bradford.

Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson weighed in with their thoughts on the quarterback play during Saturday's Red & White Game.

JOSH HEUPEL

Josh Heupel on the play of the quarterbacks…

I thought they really did a good job of managing the game. They took the plays when they were there and they presented themselves. They didn't force the ball down the field and put themselves in some tough situations. I think that's the critical thing of playing quarterback and where we're at as an offense. They have great skill around them and a big, physical offensive line.

If we can manage the game and take the play-action shots down the field when they're there and dump it off and get ourselves in second-and-five at times, then that's going to be as critical a play as there is.

Joey for instance, he threw a ball away when the pass wasn't there and it's a good play.

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