December 5, 2006

Nichol's Elite 11 breakdown

In the search for information about new Sooner commitment, Keith Nichol, went to one of the few places that has had a lengthy first hand look at the 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback. The Elite 11 crew got a week long opportunity to see Nichol and's Brian Stumpf took some time to talk with us about how Nichol looked and give Sooner fans an idea of what to expect.

How does Keith fit into the OU system?

Keith is pretty dang close to the prototype of what college coaches are looking for to plug into the en vogue spread offenses where the quarterbacks can throw for 2,000+ yards and also approach 500 yards or so rushing. He'll need some work under center with taking drops and seeing the game that way, but OU has also utilized the shotgun a lot in the past before Adrian Peterson's arrival and it would make sense to incorporate more shotgun to take advantage of Nichol's athleticism.

How is his maturity? How much of a team player is he? How respectful was he to the coaches?

Keith Nichol will be a respectful member of the Oklahoma football team, that is for sure. He is a yes sir, no sir type of kid, pretty quiet, but gets along well with his peers. He is a small town-type of guy, so adjusting to college life on a big campus may take a little bit.

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