The Oklahoma Sooners is a perennial college football program that represent the University of Oklahoma. The team is also a member of the Big 12 Conference, which is currently in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Since 1990, the school has won eight national championships and is one of only two universities to accomplish this feat. They have also reached six bowl games during their history, placing them at or near the top of all conferences in college football history.
Quarterback Tom Brady is the Oklahoma Sooners primary starting quarterback. He transferred from Harvard to Oklahoma after his graduation in 1971. He started in each of the previous three national championship teams and has been a starter for the Sooners throughout their history. Backup quarterbacks include Zac Dysert and backups Dez Wells and backups Braxton Kelley. Dysert started in the bowl game against USC, but didn't play in the rest of the season.
The Sooners are led by the running game of Derrick Locke, who is second on the team with 5 touchdowns. He has been a valuable weapon on the field throughout the years, and he is one of just two players in college football history to rush for 1,000 yards and earn a scholarship. Starting with Dysert, the Sooners have had a revolving cast of offensive line starters due to injuries and graduation. Sophomores Patrick Patterson and Alex Smith have filled in admirably, but there are always holes behind them.
Starting in the secondary is junior college transfer Devon Searches, who has shown he can play ball at a high level. Searches are a strong safety and corner back and has been a reliable player for the Sooners ever since he transferred in from Florida. Safety is an especially deep position for Oklahoma football and they have done a great job finding and developing talent at every spot on the team. They have even had three players selected in the NFL draft this year. The Sooners will definitely be a trendy pick in the upcoming college football season.
Oklahoma State University is the other school that does not offer a football scholarship. However, they do offer some support to their football players such as the endorsement of Nike's football kit. The Cowboys are also in the market for some new recruits, so they may feature at least one player from the Sooners. If you are a coach looking for a star athlete to help your program, Oklahoma State is definitely a school you should take into consideration.
Oklahoma State does offer a football scholarship, but only to the best athletes in the class. Only sophomores like Trevard Lindley and Ashton Cobb have received any scholarship offers from the school. Expecting more from Lindley or anyone on the OSU team to be recruited is probably a bit unrealistic. There is a national picture that is painted for college football players, but Oklahoma State does fit into that mold. The Cowboys will continue to recruit high caliber athletes.
There are rumors that the Sooners are losing some of their star athletes due to the recession. However, recruiters say that the number of commitments has remained consistent. Recruits are excited about joining the Sooners program and will work hard to make the school a success. It will be interesting to see how this team performs in the next few seasons. Oklahoma State does play in a Power 5 conference, but they are not as well known as the more popular teams like Alabama or Florida.
The fact that Oklahoma football recruits are getting more attention is good for the sport in the state. Sports stars will always draw some interest from other sports programs and fans. As long as the Sooners continue to win and compete at a high level, star athletes from other schools will want to join them. This trend can only help the Oklahoma football program and give it an edge over other programs.