Draft banter doesn't enter Bradford's mind Print
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008 21:09
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 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -At least one NFL draft projection has the top overall pick next year being Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. There's only one problem with that.
``I don't think that makes a lot of sense,'' Bradford said, ``considering I'm going to be in school next year.''
Bradford, who stacks up as Oklahoma's top NFL quarterback prospect, will be eligible for the draft for the first time at the end of this season. He's only a sophomore in eligibility, but he redshirted his first season on campus, giving him the required three years since high school.
He stands 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is one of the nation's most accurate and prolific passers. He's coming off a school-record 468 yards passing last week against Kansas and ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency (192.2). In seven games, he has thrown for 2,520 yards and 26 touchdowns with only five interceptions.
It all adds up to an impressive resume, and one that Bradford couldn't be less concerned about - as long as the wins keep coming.
``That's a long way down the road. That's something I haven't even thought of, and there's really no need to even think about that right now,'' Bradford said.
Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, the 2000 Heisman Trophy runner-up, thinks that's the healthy approach for Bradford with five more regular season games, a bowl and potentially a Big 12 Conference championship game to be played before it becomes an issue.
``I don't talk to Sam a lot about some of those things just because he's a kid, to be honest, that he doesn't read, listen and watch a whole lot,'' Heupel said. ``Those are things I talk to him all the time about during the beginning of the season and during the offseason - 'You know who and what you are as a player, don't let anything like that impact you.'
``Hopefully, his preparation and everything, nothing's changed and I think he'll stay true to that throughout the entire season.''
Heupel said he would question the validity of some draft projections at this point, even if Bradford is playing at a high level.
``Obviously you think about it when the time comes, but at this point it's something that I haven't put any thought into, so I really don't have any thoughts on that right now,'' Bradford said. ``If the time comes where I do need to sit and think about it, then I will. As of right now, it's probably the last thing on my mind.''
 

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