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He's practicing and wearing a small cast, which will come off before the title game. His only limitation now is that he can't take snaps under center.
Oklahoma's offense this season has been among the most prolific, scoring 702 points and breaking the major-college record of 656 set by Hawaii in 2006. The Sooners are the first major-college team in 89 years to score at least 60 points in five straight games, a streak they'll take into the showdown with Florida.
Bradford has passed for 4,464 yards and 48 touchdowns this season, breaking the school record White set in 2003. He also leads the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown only six interceptions.
The 6-foot-4 quarterback came to Oklahoma in 2006 regarded by many as merely insurance should something happen to Rhett Bomar.
Something did happen. Bomar broke NCAA rules by receiving extra pay for work he did not do at a Norman car dealership. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops kicked him off the team that August.
Bradford redshirted in 2006, waiting behind Paul Thompson, who guided the Sooners to a Big 12 title. Bradford then emerged from a three-way competition for the starting job last season.
Stoops said former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Chuck Long was a strong advocate of recruiting Bradford. Now, Bradford has passed for 7,585 yards and a school-record 84 touchdowns in his two seasons as the starter. He needs 338 passing yards against Florida to overtake White for the school record.
Stoops said Long has worked with a lot of passers and was impressed by Bradford's release, footwork and size.
"Sam wasn't the highest-recruited guy out there, but Chuck really liked him," he said. "He had me watch him, and I liked what I had seen and I trusted Chuck. I don't know if we ever knew that we'd have the guy that we have, though."
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