posted 8 years ago
Most freshmen would have been caught up by the magnitude of the game, much less the immense importance the entire state of Oklahoma puts on the contest. After all, they used to dismiss school on the following Monday when the Sooners beat Texas.
But Sam Bradford didn't sway, mainly because he had been building for such a moment all of his life."I thought it would be a dream to play in a game like this," he said. "To go out and actually do it, I really can't even begin to explain the excitement and fulfillment of doing it. It was kind of surreal."
"I feel like my arm is a little stronger and I can get a little more zip on the ball," Bradford said. "I'm also more emotionally steady. I'm willing to hang in the pocket and take hits a little more. I might have gone out of the pocket in the past, but now I'm willing to hang in there and do what I need to do."
"You really can't worry about it. You worry about going out and playing within the system and playing your own game and just helping the team win," Bradford said. "I don't think you worry about any individual awards. It's all about the team."
"He's smart and intelligent and reminds me of Tom Brady," Houston said. "He's mobile, but he's smart and makes good decision. He knows where to put the ball and he has great chemistry with his teammates. He knows that offense inside and out."
"There's probably more emotion and you get more amped than most times. But you do your best to just get into your rhythm and do what you usually do," Bradford said. "You just take this game like any other one."