The Norman Transcript

Sports

April 3, 2013

Quarterback race coming right down to Red/White game

NORMAN — Oklahoma is 10 days away from the Red/White Spring Game. As far as naming a starting quarterback goes, neither Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson nor Trevor Knight has solidified themselves as the No. 1 guy.

“You hope somebody separates themselves. If they don’t, you go into training camp. You can only name a starter once somebody has earned that position. None of those guys have earned it yet,” co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel said Tuesday. “It doesn’t mean they’re not playing well. It’s just nobody has earned that spot. All three of those guys have continued to get better day by day, week by week. If they continue to do that the next six or seven practices, they’re giving themselves a chance to play at the level we expect them to play at.”

The spring game is April 13 at Owen Field. All three will show where they are in that game. Heupel likes the way the trio has progressed throughout the spring.

“They’ve all made their fair share of mistakes, too. But they’ve learned from them and haven’t repeated the same mistakes. They’ve gotten better,” he said. “They’re competing against each other in a really good way, pushing each other. I’m not excited or pleased with where they are, but I feel like they’re going in the right direction.”

Specialist needed: OU has a field-goal kicker in place with Michael Hunnicutt. However, he’s never had to handle the kickoff chores. Finding a kicker to fill that role is something special teams coach Jay Boulware has made a priority.

“I think that’s the one area where I feel like we’re not as far along as we need to be in terms of a kickoff specialist,” Boulware said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • NCAA Womens Gymnastics Sooners vault to program’s first women’s gymnastics national championship

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s probably not the way Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler drew it up. Probably, in her mind’s eye, when she saw the program she’s taken to the NCAA championships so many different times finally claim national supremacy, she ...

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners demolish Longhorns in series finale

    Disappointed. Confused. Shocked. Embarrassed....

    April 20, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Nets’ experience trumps Raptors in Game 1

    TORONTO — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors....

    April 20, 2014

  • Heat open quest for another title

    MIAMI — If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry....

    April 20, 2014

  • Warriors beat Clippers, 109-105, in playoff opener

    LOS ANGELES — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener....

    April 20, 2014

  • Cardinals edge Nationals, 4-3

    WASHINGTON — Lance Lynn was sharper than he had had been all season, which made it all the more frustrating for him when he failed to make it out of the sixth inning....

    April 20, 2014

  • OU gets rare hot start, but fails to finish in loss to WVU

    A slow start wasn’t Oklahoma’s problem on Saturday. Perhaps that issue has been rectified. What was evident after its 9-5 loss to West Virginia is it has more problems than solutions....

    April 20, 2014

  • Teague leads Hawks past top-seeded Pacers in Game 1

    INDIANAPOLIS — Atlanta’s Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers’ grand playoff plan. As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly. The Pacers didn’t have an answer....

    April 20, 2014

Facebook