August 10, 2009

Sooners believe another BCS berth awaits

NORMAN -- The Oklahoma Sooners have been good in recent history. The Bob Stoops era hasn’t seen a true rebuilding year.

The team simply reloads -- and 2009 should be no exception.

In the past five seasons the Sooners have won four Big 12 championships. In that time, they also won the Holiday Bowl in 2006, attended two Fiesta bowls, and two BCS National Championship games.

Last season was one for the record books, but the Sooners couldn’t finish against a tough Florida defense.

However, 2009 could be the year the Sooners and head coach Bob Stoops win another BCS title.

Aiming for the title

Players and coaches alike think the team can build on last year’s success. Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Jeremy Beal, and other team leaders said anything less than a national championship would be a disappointment.

“You know we’ve got a shot to be even better than we were last year,” Bradford said. “Some people might not believe that, but you know I’ve seen us work in the off-season and you know the talent that I know we have I feel like we have a shot to be a very good team.”

Josh Heupel, quarterbacks coach and 2000 national championship winner, said the team, under Bradford’s direction, has a chance to be something special.

“It’s a football team that has a chance to be a championship caliber football team,” Heupel said. “Those teams find a way to get better week in and week out. They find a way to make plays in critical situations, and were gonna find out if this team has that physical and mental make up.”

He said Bradford has paid his dues in the weight room and in the film room. Bradford has bulked up to 223 pounds, and with another year of physical and mental preparation he should be ready to repeat his successes from last year.

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