Sunday, April 24, 2005
Sooners' QB not among 11 selected
NEW YORK -- A Heisman Trophy on Jason White's resume wasn't enough to get him drafted.
Oklahoma had 11 players drafted, but the Sooners quarterback was
not one of them.
After having six players taken in the first three rounds, five
more Sooners were selected Sunday in rounds four through seven,
including cornerback Antonio Perkins, linebacker Lance Mitchell and
safety Donte Nicholson.
"I'm real happy for our players and very proud of them, too,"
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "I have a lot of confidence that
they'll go on and do well in the NFL and I believe the players that
were drafted will be joined by others who will sign as free agents.
"We're happy about the number but not surprised. Look back over
the last few years at the Big 12 championships, all the victories
and the BCS bowls. It's obvious we had a lot of good players."
Oklahoma has played in the last two Bowl Championship Series
title games, losing both.
White rebounded from two major knee injuries to win the Heisman
two years ago, throwing for 3,946 yards and 40 touchdowns.
He received a waiver from the NCAA to return for a sixth season
at Oklahoma last year and made another run at the Heisman. He
passed for 35 TDs and 3,205 yards, and finished third in the
Heisman voting behind quarterback Matt Leinart of Southern
California and Sooners freshman tailback Adrian Peterson.
But White, with sketchy arm strength and a history of injuries
that have cut into his quickness and mobility, was projected to be
a late-round selection at best.
Instead, he'll look to latch on as a free agent.
Fourteen quarterbacks were taken in the seven-round draft,
including Harvard's Ryan Fitzpatrick and James Killian of Tulsa.
The last Heisman Trophy winner to not be drafted was Charlie
Ward, who won the award with Florida State in 1993, but he made it
known he was going to play basketball instead. Ward was a
first-round pick in the NBA for the New York Knicks.
Among the other prominent players to go undrafted were Tennessee
tackle Michael Munoz, the son of Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, and
Michigan safety Ernest Shazor, who left school after his junior
season. Munoz and Shazor were All-Americans last season.