No definitive word on Bradford
By John Hoover, World sports writer
11/18/2007 3:43 PM
There was no definitive word Sunday on the status of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford going into this week’s season-finale with Oklahoma State.
Head coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Bradford was better by the end of Saturday’s 34-27 loss at Texas Tech (during which he sustained a concussion) than he was in the moments after the concussion.
“He was better at the end of the game, yes, by a long shot,” Stoops said.
The Sooners (9-2 overall, 5-2 Big 12) dropped to 10th in the Associated Press poll and are eliminated from the national championship chase. They can still win the Big 12 South on Saturday, however, by beating OSU.
Whether or not that happens may depend on Bradford’s return.
Bradford hit his head on the Jones Stadium turf while making a tackle after a fumble on OU’s first play, but returned for a series. No one knew anything was wrong until Bradford explained to quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel that he didn’t remember any of the plays the Sooners ran during their second drive.
“We’ll wait and see Sam’s status,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if we’ll get a clear picture of that. Sometimes those things : he’s better today, but sometimes that’s a one- or two- or three-day deal.”
Halzle replaced Bradford and didn’t begin to consistently move the offense until the fourth quarter. Wilson said he considered using freshman Keith Nichol, but concluded that Halzle is more advanced than Nichol in the passing game, and with the Sooners trailing 27-10 at halftime, Halzle was the best option.
“The whole fourth quarter,” Wilson said, “We were in two-minute mode.”
Halzle passed for 220 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
OU also lost running back DeMarco Murray to a dislocated kneecap. Stoops said it was “possible” Murray could return, but he could not be sure when.
Wide receiver Adron Tennell was lost for the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Defensive end Alan Davis sustained either a concussion or a major “stinger”, and his status was also unclear. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said starting end Auston English improved throughout last week after breaking a bone in his lower leg, but never got to the point where he could have played against Texas Tech. English’s status for the OSU game also is unknown.