Pass oriented? You could make that case. Numerous records for both passing and receiving have fallen over the last few years. Run oriented? Maybe. After all, the single season rushing mark was set in 2004. Well which is it, passing or running? At Oklahoma, the answer is both. While most schools dream of balance, OU is balance. In 2005, the Sooners passed for 2,131 yards. They rushed for 2,130. And that balance creates opportunity for all. It is common to see the ball in the hands of 10-15 players during a game. Many stay involved to the detriment of none.
Under Coach Stoops, the Oklahoma offense, with its pro influence and varied formations, has produced at the Quarterback position, with two All-Americans, three Heisman finalists, two Heisman Trophy winners and OU's record holders in game, season and career passing yards. Also, under the Stoops program OU's running backs have had one Heisman finalist, one All-American, three 1,000-yard rushers and Oklahoma's single season rushing yards record holder. In the wide receiver category under Stoops, OU has two All-Americans, one Biletnikoff Award finalist and OU's record holders in game, season and career receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions (tied), one Mackey Award and Oklahoma's record holder in touchdown receptions in a game (tied). Offensive linemen have also thrived in the Stoops program with three All-Americans, one Outland Trophy winner and two Rimington Award finalists.