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Before taking the field as a Bearkat, Rhett Bomar was a standout at Grand Prairie High School, in Grand Prairie, Texas, a suburb just west of Dallas. As a junior, Bomar threw for 2,860 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His senior year cut short by an injury, Bomar started just eight games and threw for 1,300 yards, with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.

When Bomar signed his letter of intent to play for Bob Stoops, Oklahoma was ranked #1 in the polls, and the season he signed, the Sooners went to the National Championship game where they lost to LSU. The Oklahoma Sooners recruiting class for 2004 was quite impressive, with the Sooners featuring the top two players at key positions in Bomar and running back Adrian Peterson.

Coming out of high school, Bomar was a highly touted recruit. According to he was the fourth highest rated prospect with current NFL professionals with Adrian Peterson and Ted Ginn Jr, ranking one and two. Both Peterson and Ginn Jr. are now active players in the NFL.

Bomar came to Oklahoma in 2004 and redshirted his freshman year as the Sooners, under the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jason White, were defeated by the USC Trojans 55-19 in the Orange Bowl.

After White’s graduation, Bomar started 10 games in his first year of eligibility. That year, he completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 2,018 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On the ground, Bomar had 184 yards and four touchdowns with his longest run being 42 yards.

During his time at OU, Bomar had victories over Big XII opponents Texas A&M and Nebraska, and a win in the Holiday Bowl over Oregon. In the Holiday Bowl, Bomar was named Most Valuable Player for the game.

Throughout all of the off-field publicity Bomar generated during the regular season, the only glimpses of the notorious player have come during scrimmages against teammates, where he has shown moments of why he was the best quarterback recruit coming out of high school in 2004.

Despite the Bearkats not being the top team in the preseason poll, it hasn’t deterred Bomar, who has placed expectations upon himself and the team to go undefeated. His attitude has been infectious in the locker room and breeds optimism for the upcoming season.

“You have to go out and have that mentality to win every game,” Bomar said. “It’s not arrogance, but more of a confidence.”

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