The Norman Transcript


April 11, 2009

Sooner vs. Sooner

Red/White Game

Anyone thinking Oklahoma’s Red/White Game is true gauge of how next season will look should consider this: Sam Bradford spent more time signing autographs (about 30 minutes) than he did taking snaps (three series).

In what has become as big a tradition than the game itself, the Sooners did not lay all their offensive chips on the table for the annual finale to spring practice. They didn’t even come close.

“I would have liked to play a little more, but they were trying to get the young guys some work. I can understand that,” Bradford said. “I just needed to make the most of the plays I had and I thought I did.”

Bradford completed 11-of-13 passes for 97 yards and had a nice 23-yard touchdown pass to Adron Tennell in the east corner of the south end zone early in the game.

But giving the fans a true look at what the Sooners’ offense will look like next season took a back seat to developing offensive depth.

Landry Jones, who will enter next season as Bradford’s backup, and Drew Allen, who graduated a semester early from high school to participate in spring practice, took the majority of the snaps.

Neither had a spectacular afternoon. Jones was 5-for-12 for 73 yards. He found Jameel Owens for a 10-yard touchdown late in the second half, but had a pass intercepted and returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Dominique Franks, who intercepted two passes Saturday.

Allen was 4-for-14 for 58 yards.

Then again, Bradford wasn’t the only offensive stalwart who was a spectator Saturday. Tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Brody Eldridge, fullback Matt Clapp and running backs DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown didn’t play.

The unit was all down to seven offensive linemen due to mild injuries and fatigue set in after a while.

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