The big question on everyone’s mind today is the race for starting quarterback. Unfortunately, neither Mark Stoops nor Neal Brown have an update. “It’s wide open,” Stoops said of the quarterback race. “Somebody needs to take the reins and be the clear cut winner of this job.” While that may seem like the usual smokescreen coaches put up in fall camp, Stoops seemed sincere when he said the race is still too close to call, and the staff is anxious for someone to step up and take control. “In the next three, five, seven days, we absolutely would love to have somebody take the reins and say, ‘That’s my position.'”
Neal Brown echoed Stoops thoughts on the dead heat at QB, joking with reporters that he knew he’d be asked about it, but sadly had no update to share. “I’m about to the point I’m tired of answering the question, I’m sure you’re at the point you’re tired of asking.” However, Brown did mention that each quarterback had improved on various things since the spring: Reese Phillips has better arm strength; Patrick Towles has a quicker release; and Drew Barker is making fewer mental errors.
The biggest “news” about the quarterback race? Brown says he believes they’ll know a lot more within the next week. “I hope over the next five to seven days, one of those guys is going to stand out.” In fact, Brown is doing his best to move the competition along. “I’ve challenged them every day in certain areas. I’m asking them to make quicker decisions.”