Before the season started, Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator talked about preparing the Sooners to deal with an injury to Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.
The worst-case scenario became reality Saturday night, and the result was a season-opening 14-13 upset at the hands of BYU.
Now, with no timetable for their star quarterback’s return, the Sooners are looking for Plan C - or at least a revised Plan B.
“Whether he is here or is not here for this week and the weeks to come, we’re sitting right here at 0-1 and we’ve got to buckle it up and get moving in a quick direction and a positive direction,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Sunday.
Oklahoma’s medical staff was still taking a look a treatment options for Bradford on Sunday. The injury to Bradford’s right, throwing shoulder has been called a sprained AC joint. Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter missed two games last season and played as a reserve three weeks after injuring the joint.
Wilson said a similar process is ongoing for second-team All-American tight end Jermaine Gresham, who has cartilage damage in his right knee and didn’t play against BYU.
“Those are not just necessarily for our team, but those are two tremendous players that have great futures. We want to make sure their best interest is taken into consideration with what’s being done,” Wilson said.
“There’s no rush. There’s no judgments.”
Only four days before he was hurt, Bradford described how he had taken out an insurance policy after he decided to pass up the chance to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft and instead pursue a national championship at Oklahoma.
The Sooners have no such policy, but they have been through this before. Starting quarterback Jason White got hurt in both 2001 and 2002, prior to his Heisman Trophy run. Adrian Peterson was a season and a half removed from being the Heisman runner-up when he broke his collarbone in 2006 and missed seven games.
GEORGIA: The Bulldogs lost starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant to a season-ending knee injury for the second straight season.
Coach Mark Richt said Sturdivant tore the ACL in his left knee in Saturday’s 24-10 loss at Oklahoma State. It is the same knee Sturdivant injured in a preseason scrimmage last year, forcing him to miss the 2008 season.
OREGON: Running back LeGarrette Blount called Boise State defensive end Byron Hout and coach Chris Petersen to apologize for the punch he threw following Thursday’s game between the two teams.
Blount and Ducks coach Chip Kelly made the conciliatory phone call Saturday. A spokesman for Oregon confirmed it took place but would not discuss what was said.
OHIO STATE: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor wore his support for Michael Vick on his face.
During No. 6 Ohio State’s narrow 31-27 victory over Navy on Saturday, Pryor had the word “Vick” on the eyeblack sticker under his left eye. Under his right eye was “Mika,” which he said referred to his sister.
Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles last month.
“I always looked up to Mike Vick, and I always will because I still think he is one of the best quarterbacks,” Pryor said. “I love Mike Vick.”
MICHIGAN: University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said the school installed 40 hand sanitizer stations at the Big House to try to help prevent the spread of swine flu.
The Wolverines beat Western Michigan 31-7 on Saturday in front of 109,019 fans who found the sanitizer near concession areas.