August 21, 2006

The Offense's top 10 of the Stoops era

In this week's edition of the top 10 we'll try to rank the record-breaking group of Sooner players that have walked the field on Bob Stoops' watch. In seven seasons Stoops' offenses have produced a Heisman trophy winner, a Maxwell award winner, Walter Camp award winner, a two-time Davey O'Brien award winner, a Unitas award winner, two AP player of the years, two sporting news players of the years, and a CBS player of the year. Oh, and that's just the quarterbacks.

The running backs? Two of the three best seasons in school history, a Heisman trophy runner-up, and possibly more awards to come.

Tight ends? The tight end who holds virtually every record the Sooners have been able to come up with.

At receiver, undoubtedly the best in school history and another that somewhat surprisingly in spite of top five status in nearly every receiving category goes unnoticed.

A pair of offensive linemen that are as solid as the school has ever produced, one a two-time All-American and Outland trophy winner.

And possibly the player who will forever be associated with Stoops' tenure.

So where did the likes of some of the elite players to ever wear the uniform fall in amongst each other?

1. Josh Heupel, Quarterback - 1999-2000
Analysis: At Oklahoma there are great players, and then there are great players with national championship rings. Heupel was the leader of the team that helped get Oklahoma football back to the level of which it is accustomed. Until another Sooner emerges as the best player on a national championship team it will be hard to unseat Heupel. The current Sooner coach left the school owning nearly every passing record one could imagine and while many have been shattered by Jason White, the perceived big game shortcomings of White in the end is the difference between the two.

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