Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sam Bradford named O'Brien Quarterback of the Week

Bradford leads compelling win over Cincinnati

FORT WORTH, Texas (September 8, 2008) -
The Davey O'Brien Foundation has named Sam Bradford of the University of Oklahoma the O'Brien Quarterback of the Week for week two. The sophomore sign caller led the Sooners in a 52-26 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday.

"Sam was fantastic at the line of scrimmage," head coach Bob Stoops said in postgame comments. "Sam's such a good decision-maker. You have confidence to do whatever you want to do. I thought he threw the ball incredibly well."

Bradford's performance included a career-best 395 yards and five touchdowns, extending the Sooners' national home winning streak to the nation's longest at 20 home games. This performance marked Bradford's third career 300-yard passing performance while his 29 completions marked a career high.

Bradford took over the starting duties in 2007 and set the NCAA freshman record for touchdown passes with 36. He also led the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 176.53. The 2005 Putnam City North High School graduate was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Team and threw for 2,422 yards and 19 touchdowns his senior year.

Each week a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee will name the quarterback of the week who exemplifies the award's standards. The O'Brien honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year. Currently all 119 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks are candidates for the award until Semifinalists are announced on October 27. Finalists will be announced November 24. The 2008 Winner will be announced December 11.