Monday, September 28, 2009
Stoops: Call on Bradford later this week
By Tim Griffin ESPN.com
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was noncommittal about quarterback Sam Bradford's chances of playing Saturday against No. 17 Miami, but expects to be able to make a determination of the Heisman Trophy winner's availability later this week.
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"I won't talk about his chances," Stoops said Monday during the Big 12's weekly coaches' teleconference.
Stoops said he has been pleased with Bradford's recovery since he sprained the AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder in the Sooners' season-opening 14-13 loss to BYU on Sept. 5.
Bradford has missed eighth-ranked Oklahoma's last two games. He visited noted expert Dr. James Andrews in Alabama over the weekend to get an additional opinion on how his recovery is going, Stoops said.
"He's progressing and all of his rehab has been positive," Stoops said. "We just have to feel he's comfortable and healthy enough that he can make the throws he needs to make."
If Bradford cannot play, the Sooners again would turn to Landry Jones. The redshirt freshman broke the school record with six touchdown passes in Oklahoma's 45-0 victory over Tulsa on Saturday.
"The game plan is the same for each," Stoops said. "It's similar. It's not as if one guy is [a] scrambling [quarterback] or a Wildcat guy. As far as the game, we have the same one for all of them.
"It's worked the last several weeks for Landry. In the end, it's just getting the number of snaps to get them comfortable so we'll be able to evaluate where Sam is."
ESPN.com college football blogger Tim Griffin covers the Big 12.