Ranking all Sooners QBs since 1999
When Bob Stoops becoming head coach of Oklahoma’s football program before the 1999 season, he took over a program that had clearly seen better days.
The 1990s were not kind to OU football, and it was Stoops’ job to put the program back on the winning paths of Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzerland.
As Sooner fans know, Stoops resurrected the program, winning a national championship in just its second year. Since then, OU has returned to the national championship table almost every year.
Solid quarterback play has been a hallmark of great Sooner teams of the past, and it was no different under Stoops, or his successor, lincoln rileyand will probably remain so under Riley’s successor, Brent Venables.
OU had long had success with the Wishbone offense and, as a result, valued quarterbacks with quick feet and quick decision-making. But when Stoops arrived in 1999, the Sooners began adopting a more expansive modern style of attack that relied on throwing the football down the field as well as old-fashioned power. Quarterbacks from the past twenty-plus years all litter the OU record books because of this shift in philosophy, but who was the best since 1999?
Let’s start with some guidelines. First, this list only includes quarterbacks who have started at least one game at QB in a Sooner uniform, so some of those adorable saves over the years will be omitted. Second, these rankings were determined based primarily on on-field performance, but also off-field impact.
Quarterbacks are usually the leaders of their team and the faces of an agenda for the fan base and the nation. What a player means to a program should also be considered. Finally, Dillon Gabriel, the presumptive 2022 starter under Venables-era Year 1 center, was not included in this ranking because he has yet to start a game for Oklahoma.
So, without further ado, here are all of the Sooners’ starting quarterbacks from 1999-2021, ranked from worst to first.