Team preview: Oklahoma

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2006 Oklahoma Sooners, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: August 2, 2006, 5:09 PM ET
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Editor's Note: Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar and guard J.D. Quinn were dismissed from the team on Aug. 2. The information below is presented as it will appear in the 2006 Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook.

(All information as of July 1, 2006)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Bob Stoops arrived at the University of Oklahoma back in 1999 with hopes of bringing a winning tradition back to a storied program and rallying the citizens of the entire state behind him.

He did much more than that. He even impressed a few people south of the Red River -- way south, in hated Texas Longhorn country. "When you play Oklahoma, you know what you are going to face," University of Texas defensive coordinator Duane Akina said. "They are well coached, they are disciplined and they always play hard.

"They are all the things you hope people see when they put in a tape of your team. They are what you hope other coaches and your peers would be saying about your program."

Imagine that, a Longhorn -- fresh off a national championship season of Texas' own -- complimenting a Sooner. All that shows is the respect apparent between the two excellent coaching staffs, and the respect the college football world has for Stoops and the job he has done in Norman.