In case you missed it, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford speaking to reporters Wednesday night in Florida amplified on the expected revelation that he will explore NFL draft possibilities next month.
Will he stay or will he go?
"At this point, I haven't put enough effort into that decision to give you an answer," Bradford said. "Right now, I'm probably just going to try to gather as much information as possible, just determine, if I did decide to go to the NFL, where I'd possibly be drafted. But right now, I'm really not thinking about that."
Bradford, a projected top five pick if he goes, will have a week to decide after the Sooners play Florida in the BCS championship game, Jan.8.
Few figure Bradford has many reasons to return, especially if he wins the Heisman Trophy and the Sooners win the title. OU loses five offensive linemen, three senior wide receivers and also could lose top tight end Jermaine Gresham to the draft. Also, NFL rookies in 2010 will face a salary cap.
"The national championship, even if we won it, with the guys we have coming back, I'd like to make a run at back-to-back," Bradford
As much as coach Bob Stoops and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel hope he stays, and contend the extra year would be of benefit, they will shoot straight will Bradford when they look at the big picture. My guess is we'll see the beginning of the Landry Jones era next season. But right now, I'm not really thinking about that.
One thing Sam better think about, however. He could be drafted by the Detroit Lions.--Mike Jones.