Over the years, Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners have struggled to defend mobile quarterbacks. This season has failed to portray a different a different picture as two quarterbacks have set career highs against this Sooner defense. (Let me remind you that those career games have both come outside of Norman.) Now, hosting the Kansas St. Wildcats, the coaching staff once again finds themselves preparing the team for just that...a dual-threat quarterback in Jake Waters.
Trevone Boykin Sets Career High 395 All-Purpose Yards
Two career highs have been set by opposing quarterbacks already this season. A relatively untested TCU Horned Frogs team looked to prove worthy of their ranking against a top five opponent in #4 Oklahoma. However, Trevone Boykin appeared inconsistent through the last two years at the position. Heading into 2014, Boykin worked as the lone starter gaining confidence while commanding the offense.
The work clearly paid off as the new-look junior led TCU to an impressive victory. En route to securing a top ten ranking, Boykin looked to play the part of the best quarterback in the Big XII. Behind a career high of 395 all-purpose yards (317 throwing, 77 rushing) the kid solidified himself in that position for the week.
Tyrone Swoopes Sets Career High 334 Passing Yards
Entering the Red River Showdown, the quarterback of the Texas Longhorns, Tyrone Swoopes, appeared athletic but far from a being labeled as a super star. The sophomore thrust into the limelight had yet to eclipse the 250 passing yard mark in a single game. However, with the pass rush Oklahoma possesses, not many expected Swoopes to reach a new high.
During the 60 minutes of play, Swoopes produced his most impressive game to date on a big time stage. Moving around in the pocket to buy a little time while delivering the ball to receiver after receiver became the norm. The result was a career high 334 yard passing day for the talented but young quarterback.
Is Jake Waters Next?
Competing on the NJCAA level, Kansas St. quarterback Jake Waters completed 73.3% of his passes and won a national championship. The pick has proven to be a great one by Bill Snyder as the kid has continued to progress. Currently, Waters leads the Wildcats in rushing with two games of 100+ yards.
Coming off a bye week and well rested, Kansas St. should be prepared for their trip to Norman. Of course, Waters will lead the team but how much damage will he do? The potential to set a career high is there unless Stoops & Co. can figure out a way to slow down a dual-threat guy in a hurry.
Keying into the struggles at defending the option, it would be foolish if Synder failed to run the play a few times. Regardless, Waters threw for 338 yards against the Sooners last season and can once again go for that mark. However, my prediction is that the quarterback has a career day on the ground. That means Waters needs to rush for 139 yards in Norman on Saturday.