Oklahoma’s 2019 spring football practices get underway on Thursday and one of the surprising things that head coach Lincoln Riley spoke about on Wednesday afternoon was the quarterback battle between graduate transfer Jalen Hurts and redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai.
“Both of these guys have great skill sets,” Riley said about the two quarterbacks. “They can both do everything you need to do to play the position well. I think they are both going to feed off of each other, and I think they’ll be good for each other. The competition will be great. Jalen’s been through a lot, which will do nothing but help Tanner and the rest of the guys in the room.”
We actually addressed this topic on our latest podcast. There’s no reason to expect anyone other than Jalen Hurts to take the reigns of Riley’s offense next fall. The “competition” is nothing more than a formality in the same manner as the one’s Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray went though. What it does though is put Mordecai in solid position to lock down the QB #2 spot before the arrival of Spencer Rattler this summer.
At Least Two Players Are Swapping Positions
Redshirt freshman Michael Thompson will move from defensive to offensive line and sophomore Brayden Willis, formerly a tight end, will move to H-back.
Thomas, who missed last season with a torn ACL, was originally recruited to play the offensive line.
Willis will join fellow sophomore Jeremiah Hall at H-back as the Sooners look to replace Carson Meier.
Creed Humphrey One Of Six Players Sitting Out Spring Ball
Sophomore center Creed Humphrey is the most notable of Oklahoma’s six players who will be sitting out spring practice. After undergoing off-season surgery, Humphrey’s absence guarantees that the Sooners will be working with new guys at all five positions along the offensive line this spring. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though.
“When you take him away from the group, you’re going to really find where these guys are at individually,” Riley said. “So it’s absolutely going to make it tougher on our group. But that’s what we need right now. We’ve got talented players. But we’re going to have to get as many reps as we can.”
Other players not available during the spring are redshirt freshman defensive end Jalen Redmond, junior safety Robert Barnes, junior cornerback Jordan Parker, redshirt freshman cornerback Starrland Baldwin and walk-on running back Michael Anderson.