Apr 142009

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Cowboys are bringing in Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar for a workout. This could be an interesting kid to have a look at. I taught in the Grand Prairie (TX) School District when Bomar was in high school there. Rhett has mad skills, a big arm, mobile, smart…

The only question is the one between his ears. I do not mean his IQ, but rather his decision-making process, on and off the field. His highly-publicized demise at the University of Oklahoma did nothing to ease the fears that the kid might not make the best choices. The boy got caught up in a pay-for-not-showing-up job thing with a car dealer (and OU booster).

Of course, like a good coach, Bob Stoops first distanced from the incident, then lowered the boom on Bomar. Maybe he didn’t know a thing about it. Maybe ignorance is bliss. Maybe OU is as pure as the driven snow. Maybe angels will fly out of my arse.

At any rate, the kid was culpable. He paid the price. He left the promise of big-time, Division One football behind for the anonymity of Huntsville, Texas and Sam Houston State. He did not, however, leave his big arm, his athleticism, or his potential as a draft day steal behind, as the stats and notes found at gobearkats.com attest (to whom we owe thanks for these particular facts):

  • All-time passing leader in Sam Houston history — 5,564 yards in 19 games
  • All-time total offense leader in Sam Houston history — 6,159 yards in 19 games
  • College Sporting News All-America honorable mention quarterback — 2008
  • Two-time All-Southland Conference quarterback (honorable mention in 2007, second team in 2008)
  • Nationally ranked in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national statistics
    • No. 2 in total offense, 2008 (354.2 yards per game)
    • No. 4 in passing offense, 2008 (335.5 yards per game)
    • No. 8 in total offense, 2007 (290.6 yards per game)
  • Passed for more than 300 yards in nine games during his Bearkat career
  • Threw for passes of more than 50 yards 10 times including long of 80 yards
  • His 507 yards passing vs. Southeastern Louisiana in 2008 is the second highest total in SHSU history
  • One of only 11 players in NCAA FCS history to throw for more than 300 yards and rush for more than 100 yards in a single game (vs. North Dakota State, 2007)
  • Selected to play in East-West Shrine Game
  • Transfer from the University of Oklahoma
  • Passed for 2,018 yards and 10 TDs for the Sooners in 2005
  • Led Oklahoma to victories over Kansas State, Kansas, Baylor, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State
  • Most Valuable Player in the Holiday Bowl, passing for 229 yards in 17-14 victory over Oregon
  • Threw for more than 200 yards in six games
  • Best performance was 20 of 28 for 298 yards in 36-30 victory over Texas A&M
  • Passed for 6,097 yards and 58 touchdowns during his career at Grand Prairie for coach Jerry Bomar, his father
  • Rushed for 1,623 yards and 33 TDs in high school

Like I said: Interesting kid.