Oklahoma Sooners head football coach Bob Stoops met with the media today to discuss multiple things, namely the starting quarterback battle and the health of running back Samaje Perine.
Regarding the competition for the starting job under center, which is likely to come down to either Trevor Knight or former Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reported that there was no further traction on that front, nor a timeline for a decision, but that Stoops said whoever won the job will have “earned” it.
Bob Stoops on timeline for naming Oklahoma QB starter: Says the earlier the better but "we can't force it until it's earned."
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) August 8, 2015
But that wasn’t the only news out of Norman, as Stoops also stated that star running back Samaje Perine had suffered an injury to his knee, but it was a minor one and that he would only miss a few days of practice.
Bob Stoops says Samaje Perine suffered minor knee injury in practice. Will be ok but will miss some practice time. #Sooners
— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) August 8, 2015
This is great news for both the team and its fans, as Perine made an immediate impact as a true freshman last season and even set the FBS single-game record with 427 rushing yards and six touchdowns in Oklahoma’s win against Kansas in November. On the season, he ran for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. Once he’s healthy and able to practice again, count on the Sooners’ running game to be among the best in the nation, where it ranked 12th overall last year.
Oklahoma opens the season at home against Akron on September 5.
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