The future is now: Sooners tab freshman Bomar at QB

NORMAN, Okla. -- After an upset in its opener, Oklahoma is
making a switch at quarterback.

Coach Bob Stoops said Monday that redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar
will take over for Paul Thompson as the Sooners' starting
quarterback for Saturday's game against Tulsa and get the next
chance at being the one to replace 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason

"We're going to give Rhett Bomar an opportunity to start and
see where he takes us," Stoops said.

Bomar played in four series in the seventh-ranked Sooners' 17-10
loss to TCU on Saturday and completed 2 of 5 passes for 19 yards.
On his first play after substituting for Thompson late in the
second quarter, Bomar faked a handoff to tailback Adrian Peterson
and rushed 28 yards down the right sideline, bullying a Horned
Frogs defender along the way.

But he also was responsible for a turnover that led to TCU's
winning score.

Stoops said coaches believe Bomar didn't have a chance to do

"He only threw five balls. He didn't have nearly the number of
snaps and preparation coming into the game & He's had the fewest
number of snaps overall when you look at his amount of time here
and he's been that close all along that we feel maybe giving him
more opportunities, more snaps, maybe he'll do more with it. We'll
see," Stoops said.

The 20-year-old from the Dallas suburbs lost a close competition
to Thompson to become the Sooners' starter, but coaches announced
beforehand that Bomar would play both early and late in the team's

"I have a great opportunity to go out there and do some things
to establish myself," Bomar said. "I'm really excited. This is
what I've been working for. It's what I've been trying to do all my
life and now it's here."

Bomar said he is confident that his performance in his next
chance to lead the team's offense will be different than the first.

"I want to play, I want to keep playing. That was my No. 1 goal
coming in here. I'm going to go out Saturday and prove I can be the

Regarded as the team's quarterback of the future, Bomar came to
Oklahoma last season from Grand Prairie High School. He had thrown
for 6,097 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career there and was
regarded by many as the nation's No. 2 recruit behind Peterson.

He was beaten out by Thompson because he was regarded as a more
consistent quarterback who made fewer mistakes. In three fall
scrimmages open to the public, Thompson had a better completion
percentage, more passing yards and had no interceptions, while
Bomar threw five.

Thompson, a 21-year-old junior, was also the more experienced of
the two quarterbacks. He had played in 14 career games in relief of
White in 2003 and Nate Hybl in 2002. He then redshirted last

In his first career start, Thompson struggled to sustain a drive
and Oklahoma trailed 10-0 when Bomar entered with 4:10 remaining in
the second quarter.

"By no means am I sitting here saying Paul Thompson is
responsible for the way we played as a team Saturday," said Stoops. "We had a lot
of guys -- mostly older guys -- who really played as poor as I've
seen them play."

After Bomar's long run, Peterson lost 5 yards after taking a
handoff from Bomar out of the shotgun and Bomar threw incomplete on
second and third downs to end the drive. His two completions came
on a drive that started with 14 seconds left in the first half on
the 50-yard line after a TCU fumble.

He hit Quentin Chaney for a 16-yard gain and then connected with
Travis Wilson for 3 more yards to put the Sooners in position for a
50-yard field goal that Garrett Hartley missed.

His third appearance came with the score tied at 10 after
Thompson led two scoring drives to start the second half. Tailback
Kejuan Jones, in for an injured Peterson, picked up 2 yards on
consecutive run plays and Bomar threw an incompletion to end the

He returned on the next drive and fumbled while being sacked.
TCU recovered the ball and scored the winning touchdown four plays

"We feel that Rhett deserves an opportunity to have the
opportunities that Paul had and see what he can do with," Stoops
said. "That's the direction we're going to go and work from