It looks like one of the more intriguing spring position battles for Oklahoma actually may not be a battle at all.
With the arrival of Jalen Hurts the Sooners have yet another All-American talent ready to take over at what is becoming a rich tradition of quarterbacks under Lincoln Riley. That should have put the spotlight on the back up position where four different guys could be jockeying for position to back up Hurts this fall.
However, Riley only really mentioned two quarterbacks in his media session on Wednesday, indicating they may already be set on their quarterback depth chart for the spring.
Suggesting there was a battle between Hurts and Tanner Mordecai to replace Kyler Murray would lead us to believe that Riley already knows who his top two quarterbacks are.
“Both of these guys have great skill sets. 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.”Lincoln Riley
It would require an upset proportionate to Blake Bell stealing the starting job for Hurts not to be Oklahoma’s starter on August 31st. However, if he truly is in a competition for the Alabama graduate transfer, that would put Mordecai in the driver’s seat for the back up position post spring.
The next challenge for the former Texas 6A Offensive Player of the Year is going to come this summer when highly touted freshman Spencer Rattler arrives on campus.
Already being entrenched at the backup position could be enough to fend off Rattler and allow the true freshman to have a year to prepare for next spring when the real quarterback battle begins.