Friday, May 30, 2014
Crimson Countdown: QB Justice Hansen
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, ESPN.com will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term projection. Starting with No. 1 Dominique Alexander, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.
Impact in 2014: If Hansen sees the field in 2014, something went wrong. As an Under Armour All-American, he has the tools to lead the Sooners' offense someday, but Sooner Nation should hope that day does not arrive this fall. That would likely mean the position has been crippled by injuries or other issues.
Long-term upside: Hansen looked like a true freshman in OU’s spring game but did show signs that he could be a valuable asset as he gets more comfortable with the college game. It’s too early to know just how good he can be, but he has a bunch of traits in common with other quarterbacks who have had success in crimson and cream.
Evaluation grade for Hansen: Inc. It’s really too early to say with Hansen but there were some very encouraging signs during the spring, particularly his growth from the beginning of spring until the end. If he can make another jump over the summer, he could become a legit option as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Trevor Knight.
Development grade for Hansen: B. It’s a little early for grade the Sooners' approach to his development, but Hansen has gotten many more opportunities than the average early enrollee quarterback. The Sooners need him or Cody Thomas to secure the backup quarterback spot, so both guys got plenty of spring reps to spur their development.
Quotable: “I’m trying to help out Justice because he still should be in high school and he’s got to get his game-time speed up and his reactions. He’s doing a great job for where he is and how young he is.” -- sophomore quarterback Baker Mayfield.